Mar. 30, 2000

After Work

by Jane Hirshfield

Broadcast Date: THURSDAY: March 30, 2000

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.

Itís 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 1940s.

Itís 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 1940s.

Itís the birthday, 1888, of psychologist>MELANIE KLEIN, born in Vienna, known for her studies of child psychology.

Itís the birthday today of painter VINCENT VAN GOGH, born 1853 in the Dutch town of Zundert.

Itís the birthday in 1820, in Northfolk, England, of the novelist ANNA SEWELL, author of the childrenís classic Black Beauty, first published in 1877.

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