Aug. 31, 1996
Today's Reading: "For These" by Edward Thomas from COLLECTED POEMS, published by W. W. Norton and Company.
The Steinlager Queen Liliuokalani 24th Annual Long-Distance Canoe Racing Championships begin today off the coast of the main island of Hawaii.
The Polish trade union Solidarity was founded in the shipyards of Gdansk on this day in 1980.
It's the birthday violinist Itzhak Perlman, born in Tel Aviv, Palestine (now Israel), in 1945.
Singer and composer Van Morrison ("Gloria," "Brown Eyed Girl") was born on this day in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1945.
THE THREEPENNY OPERA by Kurt Weill opened at Berlin's Theater am Schiffbauerdamm on this day in 1928.
Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (BRIGADOON; PAINT YOUR WAGON; MY FAIR LADY; CAMELOT) was born in New York City on this day in 1918.
Journalist Daniel Schorr celebrates his 80th birthday today. He was born in New York City in 1916.
Writer William Saroyan (THE DARING YOUNG MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE; MY NAME IS ARAM) was born in Fresno, California, in 1908.
It's the birthday of the longtime (1952-87) editor of THE NEW YORKER, William Shawn, born on this day in Chicago in 1907.
It's the birthday of Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori schools for children, born in Chiaravalle, Italy, in 1870.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®