Friday

Jun. 6, 1997

Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief

by Maxine Kumin

FRIDAY 6/6

Today's Reading:"Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief" by Maxine Kumin from SELECTED POEMS 1960-1990, published by W.W. Norton and Company.

Today is the anniversary of D-Day, in 1944, when Allied forces landed in Normandy on the north coast of France with a fleet of almost 3,000 ships, beginning the Allied invasion of occupied France; the largest amphibious landing in history

It's the birthday of poet, novelist, and children's author, Maxine Kumin, born in Philadelphia, in 1925.

It's the birthday of Yankees catcher Bill Dickey, considered the greatest catcher of all time; born in Bastrop, Louisiana, in 1907.

It's the birthday of jazz dance-band leader Jimmie Lunceford, born in Fulton, Mississippi, in1902.

It's the birthday of the greatest German novelist of the 20th century, Thomas Mann (BUDDENBROOKS; THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN), born in Lubeck, Germany, in 1875.

It's the birthday of polar explorer Robert F. Scott, who led the tragic expedition to the South Pole in 1910/11, where he and four others died. He was born in Devenport, England, in 1868.

American painter John Trumball, whose paintings of Revolutionary War scenes decorate the Capitol in Washington, D.C., was born Connecticut in 1756.

It's the birthday of the " father of French classical tragedy," Pierre Corneille, born in Rouen, France, in 1606.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®

 









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