Jul. 5, 1996

The Better Theme

by Rolfe Humphries


Today's Reading: "The Better Theme" by Rolfe Humphries from COAT ON A STICK: LATE POEMS, published by Indiana University Press.

In 1965 opera singer, Maria Callas, gave her last stage performance at the age of 41, singing "Tosca" at Convent Garden, London.

It's the birthday of dancer, choreographer Eliot Feld, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942.

French artist Jean Cocteau was born on this day in 1889 in Maisons-Lafitte.

Pathologist Eugene Linsay Open, who discovered that tuberculosis is transmitted through close contact, was born in Staunton, Virginia on this day in 1873.

It's the birthday in Windsor, Vermont, 1867, of astronomer and archaeologist Andrew Ellicott Douglass, who determined that the analysis of tree rings could help interpret past events regarding sunspots, climate, and vegetation.

American showman P.T. Barnum was born in Bethel, Connecticut on this day in 1810.

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