Aug. 9, 1997
Today's Reading:"Still Waters" by Dick Allen from ODE TO THE COLD WAR, published by Sarabande Books.
It's Soap Box Derby Day in Akron, Ohio, featuring home- made, gravity-powered cars.
In Columbus, Nebraska, the annual Columbus Days celebration begins today.
It's Elvis Week beginning today in Memphis, Tennessee.
The nine-day Intertribal Indian Ceremonial begins today in Gallup, New Mexico.
The Leitersburg Peach Festival begins today in Leitersburg, Maryland.
On this day in 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, an American B-29 named BOCK'S CAR dropped a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing between 40,000 and 70,000 residents.
It's the birthday of actor and novelist Robert Shaw (THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH), born in Lancashire, England, in 1927.
Writer P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books, was born on this day in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, in 1899.
It's the birthday of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, born in Neuchatal, Switzerland, in 1896.
It's the birthday of Izaak Walton, author of the classic work THE COMPLEAT ANGLER, born in Stafford, England, in 1633.
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