May 27, 1996
Queens Cemetery, Setting Sun
Today's Reading: "Queens Cemetery, Setting Sun" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti from THESE ARE MY RIVERS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1955-1993, published by New Directions.
Today is Memorial Day; formal observances began in April 1866 in Columbus, Mississippi when four women decorated the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers.
It's the birthday of Julia Ward Howe in New York City, 1819, who published her poem "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in 1862.
Dancer Isadora Duncan was born in San Francisco in 1878.
Writer Samuel Dashiell Hammett (THE MALTESE FALCON, THE THIN MAN) was born in St. Mary's County, Maryland in 1894.
Biologist and writer Rachel Louise Carson (SILENT SPRING) was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania in 1907.
Novelist and short story writer John Cheever was born on this day in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1912.
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