May 21, 1996

Lines of Force

by Thomas Centolella


Today's Reading: "Lines of Force" by Thomas Centolella from TERRA FIRMA, published by Copper Canyon Press.

Today is the birthday of author Dante Alighieri (The Divine Comedy) born in Florence in 1265.

It's the birthday of poet Alexander Pope in London, 1688, who said, "A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."

Quaker philanthropist Elizabeth Fry was born on this day in Norwich, England in 1780.

It's the birthday of French painter Henri Rousseau (The Sleeping Gypsy), born in Laval, France in 1844.

Ethnologist Frances Densmore was born today in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1867, the foremost American authority on the songs and music of American Indian tribes.

Jazz musician Fats Waller (Ain't Misbehavin'") was born today in New York City in 1904.

In 1927 Charles Lindbergh landed his plane, "The Spirit of St. Louis," in Paris after a 33-hour nonstop flight from New York.

Robert White Creeley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1926.

The president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, was born on this day in Ballina, Ireland in 1944.

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