Jul. 9, 1996

Abandoned Schoolhouse on Long Branch

by Fred Chappell


Today's Reading: "Abandoned Schoolhouse on Long Branch" by Fred Chappel from SPRING GARDEN: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, published by Louisiana State University Press.

Diarist Anne Frank and her family went into hiding on this day in 1942.

British artist David Hockney, known for his swimming pool paintings, was born in Bradford, England in 1937.

Neurologist, writer Oliver Sacks, who used L-DOPA to "awaken" patients suffering from a sleeping sickness and wrote about his experience in the book AWAKENINGS, was born on this day in London, 1933.

Geneticist Mathilde Krim, founder of the AIDS Medical Foundation in 1983, was born in Como, Italy in 1926.

Illustrator Warren Chappell was born today in Richmond, Virginia in 1904.

In Chicago in 1893, Dr. Danile H. Williams performed the first surgical closure of a heart wound.

It's the birthday in Boston in 1887 of biographer, historian Samuel Eliot Morison, who retold stories of the adventures of the likes of Ferdinand Magellan, Christopher Columbus and Sir Francis Drake.

Today in 1877 Spencer W. Gore won the first mens' singles title at Wimbledon.

In 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, defining U.S. citizenship and preventing any state from abridging the rights of any citizen without due process and equal protection under the law.

It's the birthday of the man who invented the sewing machine in 1846, Elias Howe, born in Spencer, Massachusetts in 1819.

Gothic novelist Ann Ward Radcliffe (THE ROMANCE OF THE FOREST; THE MYSTERIES OF UDLOPHO) was born today in London in 1864.

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