Jun. 26, 1997
Today's Reading:"Peddlers" by C.J. Stevens, from CIRCLING AT THE CHAIR'S LENGTH, published by John Wade (1991).
The Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, celebrating Nordic culture, starts today in Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota.
The 75th Judy Garland Festival begins today in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
In Boise, Idaho it's the Boise River Festival with over 300 various events.
The Clarkson Czech Festival starts today in Clarkson, Nebraska with Czech food and polkas.
It's the birthday of British author Colin Henry Wilson, a self-educated son of a factory worker who wrote his first book, THE OUTSIDER, when he was twenty-four years old. He was born in Leicester, in 1931.
Children's author Charlotte Zolotow, was born on this day in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1915.
British poet and author Laurie Lee was born on this day in Gloucestershire, England, in 1914.
Actor Peter Lorre, who first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, was born on this day in Rosenberg, Hungary, in 1904.
William Powell Lear, inventor of the car radio, eight- track cassette and auto-pilot for airplanes, was born on this day in Hannibal, Montana, in 1902.
It's the birthday of blues singer William Lee Conley Broonzy, " Big Bill Broonzy," born in Scott, Mississippi, in 1898.
Author Pearl Buck, who won the 1938 Nobel for her book THE GOOD EARTH, was born on this day in Hillsboro, West Virginia, 1892.
It's the birthday of American playwright Sidney Howard (THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED and screenplay GONE WITH THE WIND), born in Oakland, California, in 1891.
It's the birthday of Abner Doubleday, who fired the first gun in defense of Fort Sumter, at the out break of the Civil War, and has also been mistakenly credited as the person who invented baseball. He was born in Ballston Spa, New York, in 1819.
Arthur Middleton, revolutionary leader and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born on this day in near Charleston, South Carolina, in 1742.
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