Aug. 2, 1996

Route Six

by Stanley Kunitz


Today's Reading: "Route Six" by Stanley Kunitz from PASSING THROUGH, published by W. W. Norton.

The National Czechoslovakina Festival starts today in Wilber, Nebraska.

It's the birthday of writer Isabel Allende (THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS), born in Lima, Peru in 1942, the niece of Salvador Allende, former president of Chile.

Writer James Baldwin (GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN; NOTES OF A NATIVE SON) was born in New York City in 1924.

Actress Myrna Loy (THE THIN MAN) was born on a cattle ranch near Helena, Montana, in 1905.

It's the birthday of artist John French Sloan, born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, in 1871.

Charles Francis Adams, the Harvard treasurer who grew their endowment from $15 million to $120 million, was born on this day in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1866.

British physicist John Tyndall, who demonstrated why the sky is blue, was born in Leighlin Bridge, Ireland in 1820.

It's the birthday of Pierre-Charles L'Enfant, the architect who came up with the basic plan for Washington D. C.. He was born in Paris in 1754.

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