Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Compiled by OFW editor: John Courtney
Published: June 16, 2013

June 16, Day 168 of 2012

Today is day 168 of 2012

Aspiring writer James Joyce met his future wife, Nora, a lively, uneducated woman with little interest in literature, on this day in 1904. Joyce will immortalize this day in his masterpiece Ulysses, whose narrative unfolds entirely on June 16, 1904.

On this day in 1992, Andrew Morton, a British writer, published a controversial book about the Princess of Wales where he claimed she attempted suicide on several occasions over the past decade, and portrayed her as a deeply depressed and unstable character.

The principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet, Rudolf Nureyev, broke free from his Russian embassy guards at a Paris airport on this day in 1961, and requested asylum in France.

William Asante, 29, was a “free runner” who performed amazing feats high above homes and offices. He was caught, on this day in 2011, semi-naked in bed at the home of Ternika Blanchard by her husband Dwain Dyer.

Mr. Asante tried to escape from Dyer by performing one of his death-defying leaps but Dyer pushed him and the victim plummeted to the ground. Messing about in other people’s turfs can be risky.

If you want to finish “the” manuscript in 2012, you still have 198 days left.