June 16

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

Word of the Day
slaver SLAV-uhr; SLAY-vuhr noun; Saliva drooling from the mouth. — Dictionary.com

Website of the Day: Project Gutenberg, “Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus”
Full text of Mary Shelley’s novel, available for free download in a variety of formats.

Number to Know
350,000: In 2012 a copy of “Frankenstein” signed by Mary Shelley and dedicated to Lord Byron sold at auction for £350,000 (about $587,700).

This Day in History
June 16, 1816: Lord Byron reads “Fantasmagoriana,” a collection of ghost stories, to his four house guests, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont and John Polidori, and challenges them all to write their own horror tale. From that challenge came Mary Shelley writing the novel “Frankenstein,” John Polidori writing the short story “The Vampyre” and Byron writing the poem “Darkness.”

Today’s Featured Birthday
Gino Vannelli, Canadian singer-songwriter, best known for his 1978 single “I Just Wanna Stop,” 62.

Daily Quote
“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” — Mary Shelley

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