Aug. 12, 1997
Today's Reading:"Pitcher" by Robert Francis from THE ORB WEAVER, published by Wesleyan Press.
Desegregation of public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, began on this day in 1959 when six black students were enrolled in the city's high schools amidst jeering crowds.
Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny was born in Lee's Summit, Missouri, in 1954.
Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman, author of MARATHON MAN and THE PRINCESS BRIDE, was born in Chicago, in 1931.
Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1927.
The first Model T Ford---nicknamed the Tin Lizzy---was built on this day in 1908.
Poet Robert Francis, who Robert Frost described as the "best neglected poet," was born in Upland, Pennsylvania, in 1901.
The Spanish American War officially ended in 1898 after three months and 22 days of hostilities.
Educator Zerna Sharp, creator of the "Dick and Jane" reading books for elementary schools, was born in Hillisburg, Indiana, in 1889.
Film director and producer Cecil B. De Mille (CLEOPATRA; THE TEN COMMANDMENTS) was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, in 1881.
Architect and engineer Robert Mills, who designed such buildings as the Washington Monument, the National Portrait Gallery, and the U.S. Treasury Building, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1781.
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