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One of the most famous English people who share my birthday is Enid Mary Blyton, also known as Mary Pollock, who was born on the 11th August 1897, which was

Who was Enid Mary Blyton?

She was an English children's writer noted for numerous series of books based on recurring characters and designed for different age groups; her books have enjoyed huge success in many parts of the world and have sold over 600 million copies; her work involves children's adventure stories and fantasy, sometimes involving magic; her books were and still are enormously popular throughout the Commonwealth and across most of the globe; her work has been translated into nearly 90 languages.

One of Blyton's most widely known characters is Noddy, intended for early years readers; however, her main work is the genre of young readers' novels in which children have their own adventures with minimal adult help; series of this type include the Famous Five (21 novels, 19421963, based on four children and their dog), the Five Find-Outers and Dog, (15 novels, 19431961, where five children regularly outwit the local police) as well as The Secret Seven (15 novels, 19491963, a society of seven children who solve various mysteries); she died on the 28th November 1968 aged 71.

How many books did Enid Blyton write?

This is easily the most asked question about this beloved author and it's amazing how many different answers there are; the truth is, it depends on what you mean by 'book'; do you mean novels? Short story compilations? Character books? Non-fiction nature books? Enid Blyton is credited with over 10,900 short stories, poems and plays throughout her career, but some were used many times so the actual number is more like 7500; out of these as far as I know she wrote:

186 novels/novelettes.
243 character books.
896 short story series books.
267 education books.
192 recreation books.
167 continuation books.
284 Enid Blyton contributions.

Infamous Event:

One of the most infamous events that happened on my birthday, in history, was the Mount Papandayan eruption in West Java, Indonesia in 1772; during this eruption Mount Papandayan destroyed 40 villages and it killed nearly 3000 people; the major cause of death for the 3000 people was ash flows, clouds of ashes and the fact that the NE crater collapsed causing an avalanche; the next major eruption that took place was in 2002, in which a crater wall collapsed, which changed the volcano in to a broad shape.

Mount Papandayan is a complex stratovolcano with four large summit craters, the youngest of which was breached to the NE by the crater wall collapse in 1772 and contains active fumarole fields; the broad 1.1km-wide, flat-floored Alun-Alun crater truncates the summit of Papandayan, and Gunung Puntang to the north gives the volcano a twin-peaked appearance; several episodes of collapse have given the volcano an irregular profile and produced debris avalanches that have impacted lowland areas beyond the volcano; a sulfur-encrusted fumarole field occupies historically active Kawah Mas 'the Golden Crater'; Mount Papandayan is also part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and the two plate boundaries that caused the 1772 eruption are the Eurasian and the Indo-Australian Plates.

Presidential Joke Day:

Many people, especially Americans, believe this is a day to make jokes about the current, and any past, president; however, it is actually a day for the presidens to make a joke; on this day in 1984, President Ronald Reagan made a doozie.

On August 11, 1984, just before his regular Saturday radio address, President Ronald Reagan was doing a voice test with the microphone; he thought the microphone and the feed was not live; therefore, he joked into the microphone and said "My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed a legislation which outlaws Russia forever; the bombing begins in five minutes." To his surprise, he was soon notified that he was speaking to a live feed!

This incident led to the creation of 'Presidential Joke Day'; however, we do not think any of the American presidents will make it a habit to perform jokes on, or to, the American public on this day, or any other.

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