Jul. 17, 1996
Today's Reading: " Onyons" by Jonathan Swift from THE BOOK OF IRISH VERSE, published by Galahad Books (1995).
The annual Crab and Clam Bake takes place today in Crisfield, Maryland.
Composer and humorist Peter Schickele, creator of PDQ Bach, was born today in Ames, Iowa in 1935.
Writer James (Amos) Purdy (DON'T CALL ME BY MY RIGHT NAME), was born today in Ohio in 1923.
It's the birthday of poet and literary critic, Donald (Alfred) Davie, born in Barnsley, England in 1922.
Comedienne Phyllis Diller, who made her comedy debut at San Francisco's Purple Onion at the age of 40, was born today in Lima, Ohio in 1917.
Australian novelist Christina (Ellen) Stead, author of THE MAN WHO LOVED CHILDREN, was born today in Sydney, Australia in 1902.
Actor James Cagney (YANKEE DOODLE DANDY) was born on this day in New York City in 1899, the son of an Irish bartender.
Photographer Berenice Abbot, who went to Paris and photographed James Joyce and Janet Flanner, was born today in Springfield, Ohio in 1898.
It's the birthday of lawyer and writer Erle Stanley, creator of Perry Mason, in Malden, Massachusetts in 1889.
Israeli writer Shmuel Yosef Agnon was born on this day in the Ukraine in 1888.
English editor and writer Ernest Percival Rhys, editor of a series of inexpensive editions of world classics called EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY, was born today in London in 1859.
Ephraim Shay, inventor of the Shay type of steam locomotive, was born today in Huron County, Ohio in 1839.
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