Jun. 27, 1996

The Farmhouse

by Reed Whittemore


Today's Reading: "The Farmhouse" by Reed Whittemore from THE PAST, THE FUTURE, THE PRESENT, published by University of Arkansas Press, 1990.

The 14th annual Portsmouth Jazz Festival begins today Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The Boise River Festival starts today in Boise, Idaho.

In Clarkson, Nebraska the Clarkson Czech Festival gets underway.

It was on this day in 1939 that Pan-American Airlines began the first scheduled transatlantic air service in it 19-seat flying boat.

Poet, playwright Frank O'Hara was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1926.

Screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond ("Some Like It Hot," "The Apartment," "The Front Page") was born today in Rumania in 1920.

It's the birthday of professional billiards player, Willie Mosconi, in Philadelphia, 1913.

American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar was born today in Dayton, Ohio in 1906.

It's the birthday of physicist and radar pioneer, Merle Tuve, who confirmed the existence of the neutron, born in Canton, South Dakota in 1901.

Actress, director, Antoinette Perry, for whom the "Tony Awards" were named, was born today in Denver, Colorado in 1888.

Helen Keller was born on this day in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880.

It's the birthday today of Irish political leader, Charles Steward Parnell, born in Avondale, Ireland in 1846.

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




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