Jul. 29, 1996

The Long Boat

by Stanley Kunitz


Today's Reading: "The Long Boat" by Stanley Kunitz from PASSING THROUGH, published by W. W. Norton.

In Norway it's Olsok, St. Olaf's Day, commemorating the Viking king killed in battle on this day in 1030 at Stiklestad, Norway.

Today is the birthday of evening-news anchor Peter Jennings, born in Toronto, Canada, in 1938.

Dancer, choreographer Paul Taylor was born on this day on Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania in 1930.

Writer Edwin O'Connor (THE ORACLE; THE LAST HURRAH; THE EDGE OF SADNESS) was born today in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1918.

It's the birthday in Jefferson City, Missouri, of writer Chester Himes, 1909 (IF HE HOLLERS LET HIM GO; LONELY CRUSADE; THE QUALITY OF HURT).

It's the birthday of poet, teacher Stanley Kunitz, born on this day in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905.

Actress Clara Bow, the vivacious 1920s flapper who came to be known as the "It girl," was born on this day in Brooklyn, New York, in 1905.

Poet, writer Don Marquis , whose HERALD TRIBUNE column featured world commentators Archy the cockroach and Mehitable the cat, was born on this day in Walnut, Illinois, in 1878.

It's the birthday of French historian, writer, Alexis de Tocqueville , born in Paris in 1905.

It was on this day in 1588 that an English fleet, led in part by Sir Francis Drake, defeated the Spanish Armada off the English coast near Plymouth.

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