Dec. 18, 1998
Poem: "The Fugitive," by John Calvin Rezmerski, from HELD FOR QUESTIONING (University of Missouri Press).
It's the birthday of director STEVEN SPIELBERG, born in Cincinnati in 1947, director of Jaws, ET, The Color Purple, and Schindler's List.
It's the birthday of activist STEPHEN BIKO, born in King William's Town, South Africa, 1946. His brutal death made him an international martyr for South African black nationalism.
Former German Chancellor WILLY BRANDT was born on this day in Lubeck, Germany, in 1913.
Jazz pianist and bandleader FLETCHER HENDERSON was born in Cuthbert, Georgia, 1898.
It's the birthday of baseball player TYRUS RAYMOND COBB, born in Narrows, Georgia, in 1886.
Abstract painter PAUL KLEE was born on this day near Bern, Switzerland, in 1879.
It's the birthday of short-story writer H.H. MUNRO, who used the pen-name Saki. He was born in Burma in 1870 and died in World War I.
American pianist and composer EDWARD MACDOWELL was born on this day in New York City, 1861.
J.J. THOMSON, whose discovery of electrons revolutionized knowledge of atomic structure, was born on this day near Manchester, England, 1856.
It's the birthday of JOSEPH GRIMALDI, considered one of the greatest clowns in history, born in London, 1778.
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