Mar. 30, 1999
Poem: "After Work," by Jane Hirshfield, from Of Gravity and Angels (Wesleyan University Press).
It was on this day in 1981 that John Hinkley, Jr. attempted to ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN as he left the Washington Hilton, only 69 days after Reagan had been sworn in as president.
It's the birthday in 1914 of blues musician SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON, born John Lee Williamson in Jackson, Tennessee, one of the first blues harmonica virtuosos in the 1930s and 40s.
It's the birthday, 1891, of the designer of the jeep, ARTHUR HERRINGTON, born in East Suffolk, England. During World War I he started to work on a new design for military trucks for rough terrain, the smallest of which was the quarter-ton jeep with four-wheel drive that became the prototype for various models built in the 1930s and 40s.
It's the birthday, 1888, of the psychologist MELANIE KLEIN, born in Vienna, known for her studies of child psychology.
It was 4:00 am on this day in 1867 that the American Secretary of State William H. Seward signed a treaty for the PURCHASE OF ALASKA from Russia for the total price of 7.2 million dollars.
It's the birthday today of painter VINCENT VAN GOGH, born 1853 in the Dutch town of Zundert.
It's the birthday in 1820 in Norfolk, England, of the novelist ANNA SEWELL, author of the children's classic Black Beauty, first published in 1877.
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