Feb. 8, 1997
Today's Reading:"Little Exercise" by Elizabeth Bishop from THE COMPLETE POEMS 1927-1979, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Tonight is the beginning of the annual Carnival celebration throughout Brazil, running through Shrove Tuesday.
It's the birthday of television journalist Ted Koppel, born in Lancashire, England, 1940.
Actor James Dean (EAST OF EDEN; REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE; GIANT) was born on this day in Marion, Indiana, 1931.
Writer and counterculture character Neal Cassaday, the inspiration for Jack Kerouac's Dean Moriarity in ON THE ROAD, was born on this day in Salt Lake City, 1926.
Poet Elizabeth Bishop was born in 1911 on this day in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Writer Henry Roth (CALL IT SLEEP) was born in 1906 in what is now the Ukraine.
It's the birthday of physicist Chester F. Carlson, the inventor of xerography, the electrostatic dry-copy process, was born in Seattle on this day in 1906.
Novelist and short-story writer Kate (O'Flaherty) Chopin was born on this day in St. Louis in 1851. She was ostracized by friends and social groups when her novel THE AWAKENING was published in 1899.
It's the birthday of Russian chemist Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleyev, who developed the periodic table of elements. He was born in Siberia in 1834.
French writer Jules Verne (A JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH; TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA; AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS) was born on this day in Nantes in 1828.
Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman was born on this day in Lancaster, Ohio, 1820.
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