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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
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Obama honors 24, including George Lucas, at White House

Obama honors 24, including George Lucas, at White House

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama presented the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 24 recipients, including filmmaker George Lucas, at the White House.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.
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Williams opens up about losing Ledger

Williams opens up about losing Ledger

NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Michelle Williams says she found comfort in Joan Didion's book "The Year of Magical Thinking" after the death of her former beau, Heath Ledger.

Late Post publisher Graham is movie focus

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- HBO Films says it may make a movie documenting the life of Katharine Graham, the late U.S. publisher who led The Washington Post during the Watergate years.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006.
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The Almanac

Today is Monday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2005 with 26 to follow.
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Joan Didion wins National Book Award

NEW YORK, N.Y., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The National Book Award for non-fiction has been awarded to Joan Didion for her memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking."

National Book Award nominees announced

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The short list for this year's National Book Awards is dominated by historical novels and first-time nominees.

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Today is Sunday, Dec. 5, the 340th day of 2004 with 26 to follow.
By United Press International

Screenwriter John Gregory Dunne dies

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Best-selling author and film writer John Anthony Dunne died Tuesday at his New York home, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. He was 71.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2003 with 26 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2002 with 26 to follow.
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Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) is an American author best known for her novels and personalized, journalistic essays. The disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos upon which her essays comment are explored more fully in her novels, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.

Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California, to parents Frank Reese and Eduene (Jerrett) Didion. Didion recalls writing things down as early as age five, though she claims that she never saw herself as a writer until after being published. She read everything she could get her hands on after learning how to read and even needed written permission from her mother to borrow adult books, biographies especially, from the library at a young age. With this, she identified herself as being a "shy, bookish child", who pushed herself to overcome these personal obstacles through acting and public speaking.

As a child, Didion went to kindergarten and first grade; however, as a direct result of her father's involvement in World War II in the Army Air Corps, she did not attend school on a regular basis because of her family's constant relocation. It was not until the age of nine or ten that her family stopped moving around, settling back in Sacramento in 1943 or early 1944. During this time, her father went to Detroit to settle defense contracts for World War I and II. Didion states that moving as often as her family did had a profound influence on her, claiming that she often felt like a perpetual outsider. Didion later used these experiences when writing her 2003 memoir Where I Was From.

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