Jul. 18, 1996

Incident on a Picnic

by Timothy Steele


Today's Reading: "Incident on a Picnic" by Timothy Steele from UNCERTAINTIES AND REST, published by Louisiana State University Press (1979).

In 1944 the US First Army captured St. Lo, one of the German army's key defensive positions in Normandy.

It's the birthday of rhythm and blues singer, Martha Reeves (Martha and the Vandellas, born in Detroit, Michigan in 1941.

Journalist Hunter S. Thompson was born today in Louisville, Kentucky in 1939.

The Spanish Civil War began on this day in 1936 when Francisco Franco led an army revolt against the republican government.

It's the birthday of poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, born in Zima, Russia in 1933.

Adolph Hitler's political treatise, MEIN KAMPF, was published on this day in 1925.

South African president, Nelson Mandela was born today in Umtata, South Africa in 1918.

Comedian Red (Richard Bernard) Skelton, who starred in his own television show for twenty years from 1951-1971, was born today in Vincennes, Indiana in 1913 or 1910.

It's the birthday today of actor Hume Cronyn in London, Ontario in 1911. He and his wife, Jessica Tandy, were know as the "first couple of the American theatre."

Playwright Clifford Odets (WAITING FOR LEFTY) was born in Philadelphia in 1906.

English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (VANITY FAIR) was born in Calcutta, India in 1811.

Physicist Robert Hooke, who discovered the law of elasticity known as Hooke's law, was born in Freshwater, England in 1635.

It was on this day in the year 64 that a great fire began in Rome, destroying much of the city.

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