Aug. 19, 1997
The Bald Spot
Today's Reading: "The Bald Spot" by Wesley McNair from THE TOWN OF NO, published by David R. Godine (1997).
It's the anniversary of the unsuccessful coup d'etat in Moscow in 1991, when hard-line communists attempted to remove Mikhail Gorbachev from power.
In 1934, 38 million Germans voted to make Adolf Hitler the official successor to President von Hindenburg.
The radio program AMOS 'N' ANDY debuted on NBC in 1929.
Writer James Gould Cozzens (BY LOVE POSSESSED) was born in Chicago, 1903.
Humorist Ogden Nash, who wrote over 20 volumes of verse during his 40-year career, was born in Rye, New York, in 1902.
Silent film star Colleen Moore, who personified the "flapper" of the '20s and '30s, was born in Port Huron, Michigan, in 1900.
Fashion designer Garielle "Coco" Chanel, creator of Chanel No. 5 perfume and the "little black dress," was born in Issoire, France, in 1883.
Aviation pioneer Orville Wright was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1871.
Clockmaker Seth Thomas was born in Wolcott, Connecticut, in 1785.
Five women were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, after having been convicted of the crime of witchcraft. Fourteen more people were executed that year, and 150 others imprisoned.
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