May 20, 1996

Returning to Paris with Pissaro

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Today's Reading: "Returning to Paris With Pissaro" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti from THESE ARE MY RIVERS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1955-1993, published by New Directions.

Christopher Columbus died on this day in 1506 at the age of 55. He was broke and still waiting for royalties from the Spanish court for his discoveries in the New World fourteen years earlier.

It's the birthday of French novelist, Honore de Balzac, born in Tours in 1799.

President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act in 1862, allowing settlers in the West to stake claims to 160-acre homesteads which would become theirs after cultivating the land for five years.

It's the birthday of Norwegian author, Sigrid Undset, in Kallundborg, Denmark in 1882.

Writer, historian Allan Nevins was born in Camp Point, Illinois in 1890.

The earth passed through the fiery tail of Halley's Comet on this day in 1910.

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