Jan. 29, 1998
Today's Reading: "Playground" by Katha Pollitt.
Engineer and inventor Allen du Mont, who perfected the first commercially practical cathode-ray tube, an essential component of the television, was born in Brooklyn in 1901.
It's the birthday of actor W(illiam) C(laude) Fields (THE BANK DICK; MY LITTLE CHICKADEE; NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK) born in Philadelphia, 1880.
Russian short-story writer and playwright Anton Chekhov (THE SEA GULL; THE THREE SISTERS; THE CHERRY ORCHARD) was born in Taganrog, Russia, on this day in 1860.
Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" first appeared on this day in the NEW YORK EVENING MIRROR in 1845.
Revolutionary writer Thomas Paine, whose pamphlet COMMON SENSE called for American independence, was born in England in 1737.
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