Jun. 9, 1996


by William Stafford


Today's Reading: "Cottonwood" by William Stafford from EVEN IN QUIET PLACES, published by Confluence Press.

The founder of the American cotton-textile industry, Samuel Slater, was born on this day in 1768 in Belper, England in 1768.

The inventor of the railroad locomotive, George Stephenson, was born in Wylam, England in 1781.

American actor and playwright John Howard Payne was born on this day in New York City in 1791.

It's the birthday of Danish composer and conductor Carl August Nielsen, born on the island of Fyn in 1865.

It's the birthday of the American songwriter Cole Porter ("Anything Goes," "I Get A Kick Out of You," " Begin the Beguine") who was born in Peru, Indiana in 1891.

Playwright and screenwriter S. N. Behrman was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1893.

It's the birthday of electric guitar innovator, Les Paul, born in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1915.

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