Apr. 26, 1997
In Praise of ABC
Today's Reading:"In Praise of ABC" by Nancy Willard from SWIMMING LESSONS, published by Alfred A. Knopf (1996).
The ten-day New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival begins today.
In St. Leonard, Maryland the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival begins, featuring a Scottish fiddling championship and bagpipe competition.
It's the anniversary of the first multiracial elections in South Africa in 1994, which brought Nelson Mandela to the presidency.
It's the 60th anniversary of the Guernica Massacre in 1937, when the ancient Basque town of Guernica in northern Spain was bombed by German planes.
It's the birthday of novelist and short-story writer, Bernard Malamud (THE NATURAL), born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1914.
It's the birthday of physicist and seismologist, Charles Francis Richter, a developer of the Richter Scale for measuring the magnitude of earthquakes. He was born in Ohio in 1900.
It's the birthday of the novelist and screenwriter Anita Loos (GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES), born in Mount Shasta, California, in 1893.
It's the birthday of the man who designed New York's Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted, born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1822.
Artist and naturalist John James Audubon (BIRDS OF AMERICA) was born on this day in Haiti in 1785.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®