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Herbert George "H.G." Wells (1866-1946), English Novelist

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Herbert George Wells, born 21 September 1866 in Bromley, Kent, England, son of Joseph Wells (1828-1910) and Sarah Neal (1822-1905). later known as "H.G. Wells" — was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels, and Wells is called a father of science fiction. His most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau. Wells's earliest specialized training was in biology, and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist, often (but not always, as at the beginning of the First World War) sympathising with pacifist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic, and he wrote little science fiction, while he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of journalist. Novels like Kipps and The History of Mr Polly, which describe lower-middle class life, led to the suggestion, when they were published, that he was a worthy successor to Charles Dickens, but Wells described a range of social strata and even attempted, in Tono-Bungay (1909), a diagnosis of English society as a whole. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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JUNE

240 years ago this month, on June 14, 1777, “Old Glory” was adopted by the Continental Congress to replace the British-inspired Grand Union flag as the flag of the newly independent United States. Philadelphia seamstress, Betsy Ross, has been credited with making the first flag. In June 1886, Chicago dentist, Bernard Cigrand, proposed an annual observance of the birth of the flag. Many consider him the "Father of Flag Day" because of his tireless 30-year advocacy.

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