Dec. 15, 1998

Minstrels and Maids

by William Morris


Poem: "Minstrels and Maids," by William Morris (1834-1896).

EDNA O'BRIEN, author of The Country Girls and House of Splendid Isolation, whose books have sometimes been banned in Ireland for their sexual explicitness, was born in Tuamgraney, Ireland, on this day in 1930.

It's the birthday of writer BETTY SMITH, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1896.

Playwright MAXWELL ANDERSON, author of "What Price Glory?" was born today in Atlantic, Pennsylvania, 1888.

Architect and furniture designer KAARE KLINT, who almost single-handedly created the look of modern Scandinavian furniture design, was born on this day in Copenhagen, 1888.

Charles E. Duryea, who with his brother Frank invented the first car built and driven in America, was born in Canton, Illinois, in 1861.

French civil engineer GUSTAVE EIFFEL, who designed the Eiffel Tower and the framework for the Statue of Liberty, was born on this day in Dijon, France, 1832.

Jane Austen's novel EMMA was published on this day in 1815.

The BILL OF RIGHTS, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, became effective today in 1791.

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