Jan. 20, 1997
Today's Reading:"Practice" by Timothy Steele from THE COLOR WHEEL, published by Johns Hopkins University Press (1994).
Today is the Inauguration Day. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution changed the date from March 4 to January 20. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president (his second term) to be inaugurated on this day in 1937.
Poet Edward Hirsch (WILD GRATITUDE; THE NIGHT PARADE; EARTHLY MEASURES) was born on this day in Chicago, 1950.
It's the birthday of Anatoly Shcharansky, born in Stalino, Ukraine, 1948. His book FEAR NO EVIL described his experience as a Jew who became the chief spokesperson for dissidents and refuseniks.
The Nicaraguan revolutionary poet and priest Ernesto Cardenal was born on this day in 1925.
It's the birthday of Oscar-winning filmmaker Federico Fellini (LA STRADA; 8 ¸; NIGHTS OF CABIRIA; AMARCORD), born in north-central Italy in 1920.
It's the birthday of actor George Burns, born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City, 1896.
Harold Gray, creator of the cartoon LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE, was born on this day in Kankakee, Illinois, 1894.
The first office basketball game took place at a YMCA on this day in Springfield, Massachusetts, in1892, using peach baskets as goals. --Danish poet and novelist Johannes Jensen (THE LONG JOURNEY) was born on this day in Farso, Denmark, 1873. --French torch singer Yvetee Guilbert was born on this day in Paris, 1867. --It's the anniversary of the first meeting of the English parliament at >Westminster Hall, London, 1265.
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