Monday

Oct. 13, 1997

Our Lady of the Snow

by Robert Hass

MONDAY 10/13

Today's Reading: "Our Lady of the Snows" by Robert Hass from SUN UNDER WOOD, published by Ecco Press (1996).

Today is Columbus Day, commemorating Christopher Columbus' landfall in the New World when he landed on the Bahamian island that he renamed San Salvador on October 12, 1492.

The Oyster Sound Off begins today in Seattle, celebrating the beginning of the oyster season in Puget Sound.

Jazz bass virtuoso Ray Brown, who started out with Dizzy Gillespie's band when he was 19, was born in Pittsburgh in 1926.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who worked as a research chemist before she began studying law, was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 1925.

Pilot and adventure novelist Ernest Kellogg Gann, author of ISLAND IN THE SKY, SOLDIER FORTUNE and THE HIGH AND MIGHTY, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1910.

Jazz pianist Art Tatum was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1910.

Political cartoonist Herblock (Herbert Lawrence Block), winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1942, 1954, and 1979, was born in Chicago on this day in 1909.

French film director Yves Allegret (DEDEE D ANVERS, UNE SI JOLIE PETITE PLAGE), was born in Paris in 1907.

Sigmund Freud's classic THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS was published on this day in 1904.

Novelist and short-story writer Conrad Richter, who won the 1951 Pulitzer for his book THE TOWN, was born in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, in 1890.

British actress Lillie Langtry, known as the Jersey Lily, was born on the Isle of Jersey in 1853. She caused a sensation by becoming the first society woman to perform on stage.

Canadian writer William Kirby, best remembered for the historical novel that became a Canadian classic, THE GOLDEN GOD: A LEGEND OF QUEBEC, was born in Kingston-upon-Hull, England, in 1817.

President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the White House on this day in 1792.

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