Saturday

Oct. 19, 1996

Just Another Autumn Day

by Roger McGough

SATURDAY 10/19

Today's Reading:"Just Another Autumn Day" by Roger McGough from HOLIDAY IN DEATH ROW, published by Random Century Ltd.

Today marks the groundbreaking ceremony for the National Museum of the American Indian at its site on the National Mall, Washington, D. C.

St. Mary's County Oyster Festival runs this weekend in Leonardtown, Maryland.

The Autumn Historic Folklife Festival starts today in the historic district in downtown Hannibal, Missouri.

The Great Halloween Art and Pumpkin Festival starts today in San Francisco with a display of this year's champion pumpkin from the World Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

Today is the anniversary of "Black Monday," when Wall Street crashed in 1987, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging a record 508 points, losing 22 percent of its value.

Today is the birthday of British novelist John Le Carre (THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD; THE RUSSIA HOUSE), born in Poole, England, 1931.

It's the birthday in Flushing, New York, of Lewis Mumford, 1895, who wrote about American architecture, art and urban life.

It's the birthday of sculptor and painter Umberto Boccioni, born in Reggio di Calabria, Italy, 1882.

Auguste Lumiere, who with his brother developed a motion picture camera and projector, was born on this day in Besancon, France, 1862.

On this day in 1812, Napoleon's army entered Moscow to find it mostly destroyed, leaving his troops no recourse but to retreat to their winter quarters.

Today in 1781 British commander General Cornwallis surrendered with 8,000 English and Hessian troops to American soldiers at Yorktown, spelling the end of the War of Independence.

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