Dec. 16, 1998
Poem: "Mossbawn Sunlight," by Seamus Heaney, from POEMS 1965-1975 (Farrar Straus & Giroux).
In Mexico, the annual eight-day celebration called POSADAS begins today with groups of people going from door to door asking for "posada" or shelter, as Mary and Joseph did before the birth of Jesus.
It's the birthday of English science-fiction writer ARTHUR C. CLARKE, author of the short story "The Sentinel," on which the film 2001: SPACE ODYSSEY was based. He was born in Minehead, Somerset, in 1917.
It's the birthday of anthropologist MARGARET MEAD, born in Philadelphia in 1901.
Author V.S. PRITCHETT, author of You Make Your Own Life and Blind Love and Other Stories, was born on this day in Ipswich, England, 1900.
English playwright, actor, and composer NOEL COWARD, author of Private Lives, was born on this day near London in 1899.
It's the birthday of Gothic revival architect RALPH ADAMS CRAM, born in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, 1863.
Poet and philosopher GEORGE SANTAYANA was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1863. His most famous line about the past: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
It's the birthday of JANE AUSTEN, born in the village of Steventon, Hampshire, England, in 1775, author of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion.
The BOSTON TEA PARTY took place on this day in 1773.
It's the birthday of composer LUDVIG VAN BEETHOVEN, born in Bonn, Germany, 1770.
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