The code names for the first three atomic bombs: Thin Man, Fat Man and Little Boy, come from novels by the crime writer.

  • Raymond Chandler
  • Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Dashiell Hammett
  • Cornell Woolrich

Today in History: Born on February 25

1841

Pierre Auguste Renoir, French painter and founder of the French Impressionist movement.

1856

Charles Lang Freer, U.S. art collector.

1873

Enrico Caruso, Italian opera tenor.

1888

John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State to President Eisenhower.

1894

Meher Baba, spiritual leader.

1895

Rudolf von Eschwege, German fighter ace in World War I.

1905

Adele Davis, nutritionist.

1917

Anthony Burgess, English writer (A Clockwork Orange).