Jul. 27, 1996
The Bluejay and the Mockingbird
Today's Reading:"The Bluejay and the Mockingbird" by Howard Nemerov from TRYING CONCLUSIONS, published by University of Chicago Press.
The Black Hills Jazz and Blues Festival begins today in Lead, South Dakota.
The Montana State Fair begins today in Great Falls.
The Virginia Scottish Games take place today in Alexandria, Virginia.
In Deer River, Minnesota the White Oak Rendezvous starts today.
Today in 1945 an Army plane crashed into the 78th floor of the Empire State Building.
It's the birthday of Indian novelist, Bharati Mukherjee (THE TIGER'S DAUGHTER; WIFE), born in Calcutta in 1940.
American writer, Joseph Mitchell, who wrote for the NEW YORKER from the 1930's until his recent death, was born in Iona, North Carolina in 1908.
American baseball star, Leo Durocher who coined the phrase "nice guys finish last," was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts in 1905.
It's the birthday of English aircraft designer, Geoffrey De Havilland, born in Surrey, England in 1882.
French writer, Hilaire Belloc (THE BAD CHILD'S BOOK OF BEASTS; CAUTIONARY TALES), was born today in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France in 1870. He wrote: "When I am dead, I hope it may be said: 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.'
It's the birthday the scientist whose work helped in the development of the theory of isotopes, Bertram Borden Boltwood, born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1870.
The first Atlantic telegraph cable was laid between England and America on this day in 1866.
John Hopkinson, inventor of the three-wire system for electricity, was born in Manchester, England in 1849.
It was on this day in 1586 that Sir Walter Raleigh introduced the potato into Ireland.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®