Feb. 1, 1996
Today's reading: "A Guest" by May Sarton from AS DOES NEW HAMPSHIRE, published by William L. Bauhan.
The word "February" comes from the Latin verb, februare, meaning to purify.
Birthday of librarian Francis James Child in 1825 (accumulated largest collection of Anglo-American folk ballads).
The first Oxford Dictionary, compiled by James Murray, published in Scotland in 1884.
In 1887 Harvey Wilcox began subdividing his land in southern California which came to be known as Hollywood.
Birthday of film director John Ford, born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine in 1895.
Puccini's opera La Boheme premiered on this day in 1896.
Birthday of poet Langston Hughes, born in Joplin, Missouri in 1902.
Humorist Sidney Joseph Perlman, known for New Yorker column, was born in 1904.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®