May 30, 1999
In the Place of the Creator
Lyrics: "In the Place of the Creator," by Czeslaw Milosz, from Road-side Dog (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998).
It's the birthday in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1955 of the writer and physician ABRAHAM VERGHESE, best known for his 1994 book, My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and Its People in the Age of AIDS.
It's the birthday in Volcano, Hawaii, 1951, of poet GARRET HONGO.
It's the birthday in Chicago, 1909, of Benjamin David Goodman BENNY GOODMAN the king of swing.
It's the birthday in Louisville, Kentucky, 1903, of poet COUNTEE CULLEN, a member of the Harlem Renaissance, that flowering of black music and painting and literature that came out of New York in the 1920s.
The FIRST AMERICAN DAILY NEWSPAPER went on sale this day, 1783, the Philadelphia Evening Post and Daily Advertiser.
It was on this day in 1431 that JOAN OF ARC was burned at the stake.
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