Sunday

Aug. 18, 1996

Step on His Head

by James Laughlin

SUNDAY 8/18

Today's Reading: "Step on His Head" by James Laughlin from SELECTED POEMS, published by New Directions (1959).

The World Aerobatic Championships begin today at Clarence Pate Airport in Oklahoma City.

It was on this day in 1960 that the first oral contraceptive was marketed, by the Searle Drug Company in the United States.

Vladimir Nabokov's highly publicized LOLITA was published in the United States in 1958.

In 1939 the film THE WIZARD OF OZ was released in New York City.

Filmmaker Roman Polanski (ROSEMARY'S BABY; CHINATOWN) was born on this day in Paris in 1933.

The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on this day in 1920, extending the right to vote to women.

It was on this day in 1862 that Chief Little Crow led a Sioux uprising in Minnesota.

It's the birthday of department store magnate, Marshall Field, born in 1834 in Conway, Massachusetts, who revolutionized the department store business by insisting on customer service and the privilege of returning merchandise.

William Blake married Catherine Sophia Boucher on this day in 1782.

It's the birthday today of American explorer Meriwether Lewis (Lewis & Clark), born in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1774.

It was on this day in 1587 that Virginia Dare became the first English child born in North America,in what is now North Carolina.

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