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Calendars of the 'on this day in history' variety remind us of significant events in the past which have shaped the way we live today. As such they can be both interesting and educational. It seems to me that there's a whole catalogue of other well-known occurrences, which have also affected people in
some way, that are neglected simply because they didn't actually happen.
Many novels, in an effort to root themselves in reality, make references to real-world dates upon which key events fall. The fiction calendar would record these, so that when you get up in the morning you know, for example, that you're currently passing through the day on which the Earth was destroyed.
This would remind people of some of their favourite moments from fiction, and perhaps also make them curious enough to read those they've not read.
and elsewhere. [stupop, Apr 09 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]
"On this day" travel reference
Here's the idea I mentioned. [beauxeault, Apr 09 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]
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||Every day would say "Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again."
||The date-driven counterpart to "Dictionary of Imaginary Places" (an excellent reference book, albeit with a poor, weak binding, grrr).
||Bloomsday is celebrated in Dublin.
||A James Ellroy "American Tabloid/Cold Six Thousand" calendar would, to use the parlance, kick ass. Croissant.
||This reminds me of a related idea I had meant to post some time back. I'll get to it in a minute or a day or a week or so. In the meantime, for the record, alx, I think I like your idea better.
||awesome idea! i can never think of a new good book to start reading and this would definitely give me some options. maybe there should be one calendar for sci-fi, another for fantasy, etc for all the different kinds of fiction (if there are any other specific kinds., i can't seem to think of any)