Oct. 13, 1995


by Edward Hirsch

FRIDAY 10/13

Today's reading: "Siblings" by Edward Hirsch from THE NIGHT PARADE, published by Alfred A. Knopf.

This is the Feast Day of St. Edward the Confessor.

Cranberry Harvest Weekend begins today at Nantucket Island.

World Tobacco Auctioneering Championship begins today in Danville, Virginia.

King Biscuit Blues Festival begins today in Helena, Arkansas.

The Tennessee River Fiddler's Convention begins in Florence, Alabama.
National Wild Turkey Calling Contest held in Yellowville, Arkansas.

Southern Festival of Books starts today in Nashville, Tennessee.

The White House cornerstone was laid on this day in 1792 by George Washington.

The Jewish society B'nai B'rith was established on this day in 1843.

First aerial photographs were taken from a balloon on this day in 1860.

American cartoonist Herblock born in 1909.

Birthday of jazz pianist Art Tatum, born in 1909.

Singer, songwriter Paul Simon born on this day in 1941.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®




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