Dec. 11, 1998
Poem: "Familial," by William Matthews, from SELECTED POEMS AND TRANSLATIONS (Houghton Miflin).
Novelist and screenwriter TOM MCGUANE, author of The Sporting Club and The Bushwacked Piano, was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1939.
Novelist and poet JIM HARRISON, best known for his novel Legends of the Fall, was born in Grayling, Michigan, in 1937.
Britainís KING EDWARD VIII abdicated the throne on this day in 1936 so he could marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.
Short-story writer GRACE PALEY was born in the Bronx on this day in 1922.
Novelist ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN, author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, was born in Kislovodsk, Russia, in 1918.
The first performance in a theater lit by incandescent electric lights took place in 1882 at BOSTONíS BIJOU THEATRE with a production of Gilbert and Sullivanís "Iolanthe."
Physician ROBERT KOCH, who discovered the bacteria that cause anthrax, tuberculosis and cholera, was born in Clausthal, Germany, in 1843.
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