Aug. 26, 1996
Today's Reading: "Summer's Elegy" by Howard Nemerov from TRYING CONCLUSIONS, published by University of Chicago Press.
The Democratic National Convention opens today in Chicago.
Longtime NBC reporter Irving R. Levine was born on this day in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1922.
It's the birthday in Boston, Massachusetts, of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, born in 1921.
It's the anniversary of the 1920 ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.
Argentinean novelist and short story writer Julio Cortazar was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1914.
It's the birthday of novelist and playwright Christopher Isherwood (MR. NORRIS CHANGES TRAINS, 1935; GOODBYE TO BERLIN, 1939) born in rural Cheshire, England, in 1904.
Art patron Peggy Guggenheim was born on this day in New York City in 1898.
The biggest explosion in recorded history occurred on this day in 1883 when the Indonesian island Krakatoa erupted.
Writer Guillaume Apollinaire was born on this day in 1880, possibly in Rome.
It's the birthday of novelist and playwright Zona Gale who chronicled small-town Midwestern life in her novels. She was born in Portage, Wisconsin, in 1874.
Lee de Forest, the "father of radio," was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on this day in 1873.
Christopher Columbus was born on or around this day in Genoa, Italy, in 1451.
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