Aug. 13, 1996
Today's Reading: "Blackberry-Picking" by Seamus Heaney from DEATH OF A NATURALIST, published by Faber and Faber, Ltd.
It was on this day in 1961 that the Berlin Wall was created when the East German government closed the border between East and West Berlin with a barbed-wire fence.
Biochemist Frederick Sanger, one of the few people to ever receive two Nobel Prizes, was born on this day in Gloucestershire, England, in 1918.
It's the birthday of German engineer and inventor of the Wankel rotary engine, Felix Wankel, born in Lindau, West Germany, in 1902.
Director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London in 1899. He directed the first talking motion picture in Britain, moved to Hollywood in 1939 and went on to direct many films including SUSPICION, NOTORIOUS, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, REAR WINDOW, PSYCHO, and THE BIRDS.
It's the birthday today of the Scottish engineer who invented television, John Logie Baird, born in 1888.
It's the birthday of American markswoman Annie Oakley, born in Darke County, Ohio, in 1860.
Feminist Lucy Stone was born on this day in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, in 1818.
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