Jun. 15, 2000
Poem: "Summer Morning," by Charles Simic, from Selected Poems 1963-1983 (George Braziller).
It's the birthday of novelist Jill Eisenstadt, New York City, 1963, author of From Rockaway (1988) and Kiss Out (1991) coming-of age-stories set in Queens, New York.
It's the birthday of Linda Lea Castle, born in 1952, Belen, New Mexico, author of The Return of Chase Cordell and Territorial Bride, and other novels set in the Old West.
It's novelist Ursula Perrin's birthday, born in 1935, in Berlin, Germany. Her family moved to the States when she was three years old. She began writing books about friendship between women, or of young women coming of age, including Ghosts, Heart Failures, The Looking-Glass Lover, and her most recent, Cool's Ridge (1996).
It's the birthday in Milwaukee, 1935, of poet Jack Anderson, who wrote many collections of poetry and was also the dance critic for the New York Times for many years beginning in the late 1970s.
It's the birthday of children's author and mystery writer Betty Ren Wright, born in 1927, Wakefield, Michigan, author of A Ghost in the House, The Scariest Night, The Ghost of Popcorn Hill, Holiday House, and Out in the Dark.
It's the birthday, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1915, of physician Thomas H. Weller, who won the Nobel Prize in 1954 for cultivating the poliovirus in tissue cultures, which made it possible to study the virus in the test tube and develop a vaccine for it.
It's the birthday of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, born in the coastal town of Bergen, 1843.
The Magna Carta was signed on this day in 1215 by King John of England the agreement between John and several dozen English Barons that took away the King's total authority, and granted basic rights and liberties such as freedom of the church, no imprisonment without a jury trial, and the proper execution of the laws of the land.
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