Mar. 5, 1997
The Heaven of Animals
Today's Reading:"The Heaven of Animals" by James Dickey from THE WHOLE MOTION: COLLECTED POEMS 1945-1992, published by University Press of New England.
It's the 49th birthday of writer Leslie Marmon Silko (CEREMONY), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1948, and raised on a Pueblo Reservation: "I grew up with women who were really strong, women with a great deal of power·If someone was going to thwart you or frighten you, it would tend to be a woman·your dad is the one who's the soft touch."
It's the birthday of biologist Lynn Margulis, who proposed that all the cells in the human body are derived from bacteria that formed symbiotic affiliations in the seas and microbial mats that covered the earth more than two billion years ago. She was born in Chicago, 1938.
It's the anniversary of the 1933 election giving the Nazis and their Nationalist allies 52 percent of the seats in the Reichstag; the last free election in Germany until after World War II.
Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, best known for his eight-piece collection "Bachiana Brasileira," was born in Rio de Janeiro, in 1887.
It's the birthday of novelist Frank Norris (McTEAGUE; THE OCTOPUS), born in Chicago, in 1870.
Illustrator Howard Pyle, who rewrote and illustrated children's classics such as THE MERRY ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, was born on this day in Wilmington, Delaware, 1853.
It's the anniversary of the Boston Massacre in 1770, when a skirmish between British troops and colonists resulted in the death of five colonists.
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