Aug. 14, 1997
Today's Reading:Assorted limericks by Michael Palin from LIMERICKS, published by Random House Children's Books, London (1992).
The 10th annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering begins today in Prescott, Arizona.
The Hope Watermelon Festival starts today in Hope, Arkansas.
In Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, the Sweet Corn Festival gets underway.
A Centennial Celebration of Dracula, Bram Stoker's novel, begins today in Los Angeles.
It's the anniversary of Victory or V-J Day, when President Harry S. Truman announced the Japanese surrender in 1945.
Author Russell Baker, a columnist for the NEW YORK TIMES since 1962, was born in Loudon County, Virginia, in 1925.
Singer and cabaret queen Bricktop (Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith), whose 1920's nightclub drew people like Hemingway, Steinbeck and the Fitzgeralds, was born in Alderson, West Virginia, in 1894.
Novelist and playwright John Galsworthy, best known for his sequence of novels called THE FORSYTE SAGA, was born in Kingston Hill, England, in 1867.
The first book ever printed was published on this day in 1457 by a German astrologer named Faust. He was thrown in jail when he tried to sell the books in Paris---it was assumed that he had dealt with the devil because he had so many books that were exactly alike.
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