Today in History -- Anniversary of Dianetics, the Self-Help Bestseller by L. Ron Hubbard

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May 9th 2011 marks 61 years since the release of Dianetics, an all-time self-help bestseller with over 21 million sold, distributed in 165 nations and has appeared on a total of 116 bestseller lists.

This day in history marks the Anniversary of “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.” Written by L. Ron Hubbard and released on May 9th 1950, Dianetics has become an all-time self-help bestseller with over 21 million copies sold in 165 nations and has appeared on a total of 116 bestseller lists.

Events in commemoration of the Dianetics anniversary and news of its worldwide use are scheduled throughout the world this week in what is also the L. Ron Hubbard Centennial Year (1911-2011). Centennial celebrations commemorating Mr. Hubbard’s life (1911-1986) were launched internationally in March of this year and are set to continue throughout 2011 on significant dates relating to Mr. Hubbard’s life & works.

L. Ron Hubbard was born in Tilden, Nebraska on March 13th 1911 and is widely known as an author, humanitarian and the founder of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard also became the nation’s youngest Eagle Scout in 1924, just two weeks after his thirteenth birthday. By the age of 19 he had traveled over 250,000 miles and became a prolific writer of fiction in the 1930s and 1940s—publishing over 138 short stories, novelettes and novels. His writing funded his research into the nature of man forming the basis of what later became Dianetics & Scientology.

During World War II he served as Lieutenant in the US Navy where he saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific. After the war L. Ron Hubbard continued his research and on May 9th, 1950 “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health” was released and has become one of the best selling self-help books with over 21 million copies sold and is available in 50 languages.

For more information on the life and works of L. Ron Hubbard visit the new interactive audio visual website http://www.lronhubbard.org.

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