Aug. 21, 1997
I Catch The Tomato
Today's Reading: "I Catch the Tomato" by Rosellen Brown from CORA FRY'S PILLOW TALK, published by Farrar Straus Giroux (1994).
In Acton, Maine the Acton County Fair begins today.
The 146th annual Brooklyn Fair starts today in Brooklyn, Connecticut, the oldest continuously active fair in the United States.
The 12-day Minnesota State Fair begins today in Saint Paul.
The New York State Fair gets underway in Syracuse.
In Salem, Oregon, the 12-day Oregon State Fair begins.
In Sweden today, it's Sour Herring Premiere, the day that, by law, the year's supply of sour herring may begin to be sold.
In 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii to the union.
English mezzo soprano Dame Janet Baker was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1933.
Poet X.J. Kennedy was born in Dover, New Jersey, in 1929.
Bandleader and pianist Count Basie ("One O'Clock Jump") was born in Redbank, New Jersey, in 1906.
In 1858, the first of a series of debates began between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Douglas won the Senate seat in November, but Lincoln gained national visibility for the first time.
In 1831, Nat Turner, a 31-year-old slave, led a slave insurrection in Southhampton County, Virginia, killing some 60 whites, including the slave owner and his family. Turner was apprehended in October and hanged on November 11.
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