Feb. 9, 1996

The Man in the Open Doorway

by Dana Gioia


Today's reading: "The Man in the Open Doorway" by Dana Gioia from DAILY HOROSCOPE, published Graywolf Press.

Feast Day of Appolonia, patron saint of dentists and those suffering from toothaches.

William Henry Harrison, ninth president, was born in Virginia in 1773.

Birthday of Samuel Tilden in 1814; Democratic presidential candidate in 1876 election against Rutherford B. Hayes.

Lydia Estes Pinkham, creator of Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound for women, was born in 1819.

The U.S. Congress authorized the establishment of the first weather bureau on this day in 1870.

Birthday of poet Amy Lowell, born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1874.

Author Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1944.

On this day in 1950 Sen. Joe McCarthy charged that he knew of 205 communists who had infiltrated the State Department.

The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.

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