Jul. 24, 1996


by Reed Whittemore


Today's Reading:"Today" by Reed Whittemore from THE PAST, THE FUTURE, THE PRESENT, published by University of Arkansas Press (1990).

The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and Street Fair starts today in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Days of '47 Pioneer Parade in Salt Lake City takes place today, celebrating the Mormon emigrants who came to the area in 1847.

Pianist Peter Serkin was born today in New York City in 1947.

The first successful insulin treatment was carried out on a six-year-old girl at Guy's Hospital in London in 1925.

High school science teacher, John T. Scopes, was found guilty of teaching evolution in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925.

It's the birthday of American writer, John D. MacDonald (THE DEEP BLUE GOODBYE), born in Sharon, Pennsylvania in 1916.

Educator, historian, Richard Morris was born in New York City in 1904. He said: "We no longer have men in public life of the stature of our Founding Fathers. The impact of immediacy created by TV has placed a premium not on reflection and reason, but on the glib answer and the bland statement."

Aviator Amelia Earhart was born today in Atchison, Kansas in 1898. She disappeared during a flight around the world in 1937.

It was on this day in 1824 that the HARRISBURG PENNSYLVANIAN published the first public opinion poll in the United States, showing Andrew Jackson in the lead for presidency.

French playwright, novelist Alexandre Dumas, Pere (THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO) was born in Villers-Cotterets, France in 1802.

Soldier and statesman, Simon Bolivar, for whom the country Bolivia is named, was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1783.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®




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