Thursday

Sep. 19, 1996

THURSDAY 9/19

Today's Reading:"Song" by Elizabeth Bishop from THE COMPLETE POEMS, 1927-1979, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Today is the Feast Day of St. Januarius.

The Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair opens today in Lodi, California.

The National Guitar Flat-Picking Championships and Walnut Valley Festival starts today in Windfield, Kansas.

The Adirondack Balloon Festival begins today in Glen Falls, New York.

The Seventh annual Route 66 Rendezvous starts today in San Bernadino, California.

It was on this day in 1985 that Mexico City was struck by a massive earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale. Nearly 10,000 people died.

Mickey Mouse debuted today in 1928 in Walt Disney's first sound cartoon, "Steamboat Willie." Disney himself provided the voice.

It was on this day in 1912 that Rebecca West reviewed H. G. Wells's novel MARRIAGE, and dismissed him as "an Old Maid among novelists." Wells asked to meet her and by the next spring they had begun a love affair that would last for ten years.

It's the birthday of author Sir William Golding (LORD OF THE FLIES), who was born in Cornwall, England, 1911.

New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote on this day in 1893.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti wrote a scathing review of Emily Bronte's WUTHERING HIEGHTS in 1854: "The action is laid in Hell, only it seems places and people have English names there."

George Washington delivered his farewell speech as president today in 1796 and warned against creating a large federal debt.

Today in 1783 the Montgolfier brothers sent up the first balloon with live passengers aboard: a sheep, rooster and a duck, in Annonay, France.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®

 









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