Jun. 26, 1996

The Icelandic Language

by Bill Holm


Today's Reading: "The Icelandic Language" by Bill Holm from THE DEAD GET BY WITH EVERYTHING, published by Milkweed Editions, 1990.

Today on the National Mall in Washington D.C. the Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife gets its 30th year underway with American music, crafts, and folk heritage.

Windjammer Days begin today in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

President John F. Kennedy made his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in West Berlin in 1963.

The St. Lawrence Seaway was dedicated on this day in 1959 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Eizabeth II.

British author, Colin Henry Wilson (THE OUTSIDER), was born in Leicester, England, 1931.

It's the birthday of British poet and author, Laurie Lee, born in 1913 in Gloucestershire, England.

Teflon inventor, Roy Plunket, was born today in New Carlisle, Ohio in 1910.

Actor Peter Lorre ("The Maltese Falcon, " "Casablanca") was born today in Hungary, 1904.

William Lear, inventor of the Lear jet, car radio, eight-track cartridge and autopilot device, was born on this day in in Hannibal, Montana in 1902.

Blues singer, "Big" Bill Broonsy ("Key to the Highway"), was born today in Scott, Mississippi in 1898.

It's the birthday of author Pearl S. Buck (THE GOOD EARTH), born in Hillsboro, West Virginia in 1892.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®




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