Famous Fantastic Mysteries was an American science fiction and fantasy
pulp magazine published from 1939 to 1953, edited by Mary Gnaedinger. It
was launched by the Munsey Company to reprint stories from their
magazines, including Argosy. Frequently reprinted authors included
George Allan England, A. Merritt, and Austin Hall. The artwork,
including some of the best work of Virgil Finlay and Lawrence Stevens,
contributed to the success of the magazine. In late 1942 Popular
Publications acquired the title from Munsey, and Famous Fantastic
Mysteries stopped reprinting short stories from the earlier magazines.
It continued to reprint longer works, including titles by G. K.
Chesterton, H. G. Wells, and H. Rider Haggard. Original short fiction
also began to appear, including Arthur C. Clarke’s “Guardian Angel”,
which later formed the first section of his novel Childhood’s End. In
1951 the publishers experimented briefly with a large digest format, but
returned quickly to the original pulp layout.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
By royal decree, Philip V of Spain established the Real
Academia de la Historia.
World War I: French aviator Roland Garros landed his aircraft
behind enemy lines and was taken prisoner.
Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, made his
debut in Action Comics #1, the first true superhero comic book.
Controversial American poet Ezra Pound was released from St.
Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he had been incarcerated
for twelve years.
Israeli forces shelled Qana, Lebanon, during Operation Grapes
of Wrath, killing at least 100 civilians and injuring more than 110
others at a UN compound.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
tit for tat:
(idiomatic) Equivalent retribution; an act of returning exactly what one
gets; an eye for an eye.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Cultural and civilizational diversity challenges the Western and
particularly American belief in the universal relevance of Western
culture. … Normatively the Western universalist belief posits that
people throughout the world should embrace Western values, institutions,
and culture because they embody the highest, most enlightened, most
liberal, most rational, most modern, and most civilized thinking of
humankind. In the emerging world of ethnic conflict and civilizational
clash, Western belief in the universality of Western culture suffers
three problems: it is false; it is immoral; and it is dangerous.
–Samuel P. Huntington
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