Jul. 15, 1996

The Raspberries in My Driveway

by Erica Jong


Today's Reading: "The Raspberries in My Driveway" by Erica Jong from BECOMING LIGHT, published by Harper Perennial.

Today is St. Swithin's Day when according to legend, if it rains on this day, it will rain for the next 40 days as well.

The Hemingway Days Festival begins today in Key West, Florida.

In 1938 Howard Hughes and four crewmen completed an around-the-word flight in a new record time of three days, 19 hours and 17 minutes.

Biochemist (Robert) Bruce Merrifield, who devised an innovative method of synthesizing chains of amino acids, was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1921.

It's the birthday in Dublin, Ireland in 1919 of British novelist Iris Murdoch (A SEVERED HEAD; THE MESSAGE TO THE PLANET).

It's the birthday of writer (Ralph) Hammond Innes in Horsham, England in 1913, author of THE WRECK OF THE "MARY DEARE" in 1956.

Lyricist Dorothy Fields ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love; On the Sunny Side of the Street), was born today in Allenhurst, New Jersey in 1904.

Microbiologist Thomas Francis, who isolated viruses responsible for influenza A and B and developed vaccines for both, was born in Gas City, Indiana in 1900.

It's the birthday in 1796 in Newton, Massachusetts, of Thomas Bulfinch (THE AGE OF THE FABLE).

Clement Clarke Moore (A Visit from St. Nicholas) was born today in New York City in 1779.

Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn was born today in Leiden, Holland in 1606.

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