Monday

Sep. 30, 1996

Autumn Day

by Stephen Spender

MONDAY 9/30

Today's Reading:"Autumn Day" by Stephen Spender from COLLECTED POEMS 1928-1985, published by Random House (1986).

It's the Feast Day of St. Jerome, patron saint of scholars and librarians.

The Cornish Festival starts today in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

Actor James Dean was killed in a car crash on this day in 1955.

Writer Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust, was born on this day in Sighet, Transylvania, 1928. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

It's the birthday of author Truman Capote (BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S; IN COLD BLOOD), born in New Orleans in 1924.

Composer and entertainer Donald Swann (Flanders and Swann) was born in Llanelli, Wales, in 1923.

It's the birthday of Hans Geiger, inventor of the Geiger counter, born in Neustadt an de Haardt, Germany, in 1883.

William Wrigley was born in Philadelphia in 1861 and started out as a traveling soap salesman, offering chewing gum as a premium, which turned out to be more popular than the soap. He introduced Wrigley's Spearmint gum in 1893.

Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE was first performed on this date in Vienna, 1791.

America's first annual fair, A Cattle Fair and Hog Fair, was held at New Netherlands on this day in 1641.

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