Nov. 5, 1997
Today's Reading: "Alzheimers" by Kelly Cherry from DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION, published by Lousiana State University Press (November 1997)
Today is Guy Fawkes Day in England, the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt in 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I in order to install a Catholic monarchy.
Playwright and actor Sam Shepard was born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, in 1943.
Sinclair Lewis became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930, for his novel BABBITT.
Cardiologist George Sheehan, credited with inspiring the recreational running movement through his book RUNNING AND BEING, was born in Brooklyn in 1918.
The first coast-to-coast flight across the United States was completed on this day in 1911 by Galbraith Rodgers, flying a Wright bi-plane and crashing 19 times before completing the 49-day flight.
Historian and author Will Durant, who, with his wife Ariel, wrote the multi-volume STORY OF CIVILIZATION, was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, in 1885.
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