Saturday

Jun. 21, 1997

Café Paradiso

by Charles Simic

SATURDAY 6/21

Today's Reading:"CafŽ Paradiso" by Charles Simic from WALKING THE BLACK CAT, published by Harcourt Brace & Co. (1996).

Today is Summer Solstice, the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Midnight Sun Festival begins today in Nome, Alaska, a celebration of summer.

It was on this day in 1964 in Meridian, Mississippi, that three civil rights workers disappeared. The bodies of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were found in that August.

It was in 1948 on this day that Dr. Peter Goldmark of the Columbia Broadcasting System demonstrated his "long- playing" record.

It's the birthday of soprano Judith Raskin, born in New York City in 1928.

Actress Judy Holliday was born on this day in New York City in 1922.

It's the birthday of novelist Mary McCarthy (MEMORIES OF A CATHOLIC GIRLHOOD; THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS; THE GROUP), born in Seattle in 1912.

French philosopher, novelist and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre was born in Paris on this day in 1905.

Illustrator Albert Hirschfield, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on this day in 1911.

It's the birthday of Protestant theologian and author of The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr, born in Wright City, Missouri, in 1892.

American artist Rockwell Kent, who illustrated many books including MOBY DICK, BEOWULF, THE CANTERBURY TALES, and LEAVES OF GRASS, was born on this day in Tarrytown Heights, New York, in 1882.

It's the birthday of psychologist and pediatrician Arnold Lucius Gesell, who pioneered the use of motion-picture cameras to study the physical and mental development of infants and children; born in Alma, Wisconsin, in 1880.

It was on this day in 1675 that Christopher Wren began work rebuilding St. Paul's Cathedral (London) after the Great Fire.

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