Jun. 28, 1996

The Sycophantic Fox and the Gullible Raven

by Guy Wetmore Carryl


Today's Reading: "The Sycophantic Fox and the Gullible Raven" by Guy Wetmore Carryl.

It's the anniversary of the 1914 assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife at Sarejevo, an incident which prompted the beginning of World War I.

It's the birthday of English writer, Eric Ambler, born in London in 1909.

Physicist, Maria Goeppert Mayer, who made important discoveries about the nuclear cell structure, was born on this day in Upper Silesia, Germany in 1906.

Broadway composer and lyricist, Richard Rodgers, was born today in New York City, 1902.

French surgeion, Alexi Carrel, winner of 1912 Nobel for his work in suturing blood vessels and transplanting organs, was born today in 1873.

Italian novelist and dramatist, Luigi Pirandello (SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR), was born in 1867.

Mormon church founder, Joseph Smith, was shot to death by a mob in 1844 on this day.

It's the birthday of French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1712.

Flemish painter, Sir Peter Paul Rubens, was born on this day in Westphalia, Germany, 1577.

It's the birthday of English monarch, Henry VIII, born in Greenwich in 1491.

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