Jan. 9, 1996

The Flight into Egypt (excerpt)

by W. H. Auden


Today's reading: Lines from "The Flight into Egypt" by W. H. Auden from COLLECTED POEMS, published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House.

First manned free-balloon flight made on this day in 1793, in Philadelphia.

Birthday of first music professor, John Knowles Paine, born in 1839.

Suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt born in 1859.

Birthday of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of Whitney Museum of Art, born in 1875.

British actress Gracie Fields born in 1898.

Birthday in 1870 of civil engineer, Joseph Strauss, who designed the Golden Gate Bridge.

George Balanchine, co-founder of New York City Ballet, born in 1904.

Birthday of French author and feminist, Simone de Beauvoir, born in 1908.

Richard Nixon born in 1913.

Jazz drummer Kenny Clark born in 1914.

Birthday of folksinger Joan Baez, born in 1941.

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