Tuesday

Sep. 23, 1997

Not Waving but Drowning

by Stevie Smith

TUESDAY 9/23

Today's Reading: "Not Waving but Drowning" by Stevie Smith from COLLECTED POEMS, published by New Directions.

The Jackson County Apple Festival begins today in Jackson County, Ohio.

It's the anniversary of Richard Nixon's 1952 Checkers Speech in which he responded to charges about a secret slush fund. He had been given a cocker spaniel named Checkers, which his daughters loved, and said he would not return it.

It's the 67th birthday of singer Ray Charles, born in Albany, Georgia, in 1930.

Saxophonist John Coltrane, whose quartet was among the most important jazz groups of the 1960s, was born in Hamlet, North Carolina, in 1926.

Physicist Clifford G. Shull, who developed neutron-scattering techniques that improved the way scientists could explore the atomic structure of matter, was born in Pittsburgh in 1915.

Mack Sennet's first Keystone Cop film was released on this day in 1912, COHEN COLLECTS A DEBT.

Sculptor Louise Nevelson, who worked in obscurity until her sixties, was born in Kiev, the Ukraine, in 1899.

Journalist Walter Lippman, a founder of THE NEW REPUBLIC MAGAZINE in 1914, was born in New York City in 1889.

Baroness Emmuska Orczy, author of one of the most popular novels of the 20th century, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, was born in Hungary in 1865.

In 1779 during a naval engagement in the North Sea, Commander John Paul Jones spoke his famous words, "I have not yet begun to fight," before going on to win a dramatic victory over the British.

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