Aug. 4, 1996

Love's Philosophy

by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Today's Reading: "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822).

The W. C. Handy Festival in Florence, Alabama starts today, celebrating the music of "the father of the blues."

Today is Coast Guard Day, marking the founding of the U. S. Coast Guard in 1790.

It was on this day in 1964 that the bodies of three murdered civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were found in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, Mississippi.

It's the birthday of journalist Helen Thomas, born in Winchester, Kentucky, in 1920.

Today is the birthday of Louis Armstrong in New Orleans in 1901.

Writer Knut Hamsun (SULT; HUNGER) was born today in Lom, Norway, in 1859.

It's the birthday of essayist and critic, Walter Pater, born in London in 1839.

Russell Sage, the financier who helped move the railroad into the Midwest, was born today in Shenandoah, New York, in 1816.

It's the birthday of the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, born today near Horsham, England, in 1792.

Pencil inventor, Nicolas-Jacques Conte, was born today in Aynou-sur-Orne, in 1755.

It's the birthday in Agen, France in 1540 of Joseph Justus Scaliger, who developed a way to measure time and to number passing years, known as the "Julian Period."

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