Friday

Feb. 21, 1997

Who's Who

by W. H. Auden

FRIDAY 2/21

Today's Reading:"Who's Who" by W. H. Auden from COLLECTED POEMS, published by Vintage Books.

The Chinese Lantern Festival takes place today in China marking the end of the Chinese New Year holiday season.

The eight-month Oregon Shakespeare Festival begins today in Ashland, Oregon.

Richard Nixon arrived in Beijing, China, on this day in 1972, becoming the first U. S. President to visit a country not diplomatically recognized by the United States.

Black activist Malcolm X was shot to death on this day in 1965 while addressing a rally in New York City.

Author and humorist Erma Bombeck (THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER OVER THE SEPTIC TANK; IF LIFE IS A BOWL OF CHERRIES, WHAT AM I DOING IN THE PITS?) was born on this day in Dayton, Ohio, in 1927.

Classical guitarist Andres Segovia was born on this day in Linares, Spain, 1893.

The world's first telephone directory was issued on this day in 1878 by the New Haven Connecticut Telephone Company. It contained the names of 50 subscribers.

Poet W. H. Auden was born on this day in York, England, in 1907. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for THE AGE OF ANXIETY.

The Washington Monument was dedicated on this day in 1885 in Washington, D. C., on the site originally chosen by city planner Charles L'Enfant in 1791.

English theologian and writer John Henry Newman, famous for his defense and history of his religious views in APOLOGIA PRO VITA SUA, was born in London on this day in 1801.

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