Jul. 21, 1997
Today's Reading:"Common Things" by Ivor Gurney from EVERYMAN'S POETRY, published by Everyman Paperbacks (1996).
It's the birthday today of poet and short-story writer Tess Gallagher, born in Port Angeles, Washington, in 1943.
Poet and novelist John Gardner (GRENDEL; OCTOBER LIGHT) was born on this day in Batavia, New York, in 1933. He died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 49.
It's the birthday of jazz pianist Billy Taylor, born in Greenville, North Carolina, in 1921.
Novelist and short-story writer Ernest Hemingway, who achieved success with his first novel THE SUN ALSO RISES (1926), was born on this day in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1899.
Poet Hart Crane, known for his epic poem THE BRIDGE, was born on this day in Garrettsville, Ohio, in 1899.
Physician George Frederick Dick, who with his wife Gladys isolated the hemolytic streptococcus that causes scarlet fever, was born on this day in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1881.
The first U.S. train robbery took place in Adair, Iowa, on this day in 1873, when the James Gang held up the Rock Island Express.
The Civil War's first Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas Junction, Virginia, on this day in 1861. Hundreds of sightseers brought picnic lunches and champagne to watch the battle.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®