Aug. 10, 1997
Today's Reading:"Witt" by Cid Corman from POEMS BY CID CORMAN AND THE WORD, published by Coffee House Press.
The annual Pyrotechnics Guild International Fireworks Convention begins today in Amana, Iowa, with the world's finest fireworks displays.
The Edinburgh International Festival and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the world's largest art fairs, begin today in Edinburgh, Scotland.
On this day in 1945, Japan announced its unconditional surrender in World War II.
Inventor Leo Fender, whose electric guitar was the first to enter mass production, was born on this day in Anaheim, California, in 1909.
It's the birthday of the 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, born in West Branch, Iowa, in 1874.
On this day in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was established in Washington, with a bequest from English mineralogist James Smithson, who donated his fortune for the purpose of bettering knowledge and exchanging information among people.
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