Sep. 4, 1996
Today's Reading: "Fall Song" by Mary Oliver from AMERICAN PRIMITIVE, published by Little, Brown and Company.
It's the opening day in Kalamazoo and Paw Paw, Michigan, of the Michigan Wine and Harvest Festival.
It's the 215th birthday, in California, of what the Spaniards called "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Portiuncular," or Los Angeles.
In 1957 on this day, Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas called out the National Guard to turn away 9 black students trying to enter Little Rock's all-white Central High School.
It's the birthday today of one of the greatest swimmers, Australian, Dawn Fraser (1937).
Food writer Craig Claiborne was born on this day in Sunflower, Mississippi, in 1920.
It's the birthday of novelist Richard Wright, author of NATIVE SON and one of the first black American writers to protest the treatment of blacks. He was born in 1908 in Roxie, Mississippi.
French actor and theorist, Antonin Artuad, was born in Marseille in 1896.
It's the birthday today of children's writer, Beatrix Potter (1893), who sent an illustrated note to five-year-old Noel Moore who was sick with scarlet fever, "I don't know what to write to you, so I shall tell you the story about four little rabbits, whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter."
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