Apr. 10, 1997
Today's Reading: "Sandpiper" by Elizabeth Bishop from THE COMPLETE POEMS: 1927-1979, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. "Whooping Crane" by Barbara Helfgott Hyett from THE TRACKS WE LEAVE, published by University of Illinois Press (1996).
The Dogwood Arts Festival begins today in Maryville, Tennessee.
The Spring Bluegrass Festival starts today in Live Oak, Florida.
In Lumpkin, Georgia, the Spring Festival gets underway with a recreation of a spring in the year of 1850, featuring period music.
It was on this day in 1945 that Allied troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald, north of Weiner, Germany. The camp had been established in 1937; approximately 56,000 people died there.
It's the birthday of author Paul Theroux (THE GREAT RAILWAY BAZAAR), born in Medford, Massachusetts, 1941.
It's the birthday of journalist and author David Halberstam (THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST), born in New York City in 1934.
Chemist Robert B. Woodward, known as one of the greatest synthetic chemists of modern times, was born on this day in Boston, 1917. He synthesized chlorophyll, strychnine, cholesterol, and also helped unveil the molecular structure of modern medicines like penicillin.
It's the birthday of Irish mystic poet and journalist A.E., George William Russell, born in Armagh in 1867. An important figure in the Irish Literary Renaissance, he once defined it as "a few people who live in the same town and hate each other."
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