Oct. 16, 1997
Today's Reading: "Sunday Afternoon" by Timothy Steele from SAPPHICS AND UNCERTAINTIES, published by University of Arkansas Press (1995).
The New York Mets stunned the baseball world in 1969 by winning the World Series four games to one over the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles.
Israeli poet Dan Pagis, who was forced into a German work camp when he was eleven years old, was born in Raduz, Romania, in 1930.
German novelist, poet, playwright, painter, and sculptor Gunter Grass, best known for his first novel THE TIN DRUM, was born in Danzig, Germany, in 1927.
Writer Kathleen Winsor, author of FOREVER AMBER (1944), was born in Olivia, Minnesota, in 1919.
Writer, educator Cleanth Brooks, who in the 1930s helped found the New Criticism movement, was born in Murray, Kentucky, in 1906.
Former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was born in Maine, Minnesota, in 1898.
Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill (ANNA CHRISTIE, A LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, THE ICEMAN COMETH), was born in New York City in 1888.
The father of modern Israel, David Ben-Gurion, was born in Plonsk, Poland, in 1886.
Playwright and poet Oscar Wilde, best known for his plays THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST, LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN and his novel A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, was born in Dublin in 1854. An experience in prison inspired "The Ballad of Reading Gaol", where he wrote: Each man kills the thing he loves, / By each let his be heard, / Some do it with a bitter look, / Some with a flattering word. / The coward does it with a kiss, / the brave man with a sword!
Historian, clergyman, and politician George Washington Williams, who wrote what's considered the first objective history of black people in the United States, was born in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania, in 1849.
The dethroned Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, was executed on a Paris guillotine in 1793, at the height of the French Revolution.
Lexicographer Noah Webster was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1758.
Yale University was founded on this day in 1701 as The Collegiate School of Killingworth, Connecticut, by Congregationalists who considered Harvard too liberal.
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