Aug. 5, 1996

August Weather

by Katharine Tynan


Today's Reading:"August Weather" by Katharine Tynan.

Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison on this day in 1962.

Actress Marilyn Monroe died from an overdose of sleeping pills in 1962.

It's the birthday today in Wapakoneta, Ohio, of astronaut Neil (Alden) Armstrong, 1930, who was the first person to set foot on the moon, in July 1969.

Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved as many as 35,000 Jews from death during World War II, was born on this day in Stockholm in 1912.

Film director John Huston (THE MALTESE FALCON; THE AFRICAN QUEEN; PRIZZI'S HONOR) was born in Nevada, Missouri, in 1906.

Novelist and short story writer, Conrad Aiken was born today in Savannah, Georgia, in 1889.

The English meteorologist William Henry Dines, who invented the first instrument to measure both the velocity and direction of wind, the pressure tube anemometer, was born in London in 1855.

French short story writer and novelist Guy de Maupassant was born today in Chateau de Miromesnil, France, in 1850.

In 1850 on this date Herman Melville met Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic and became fast friends.

It's the birthday in 1604 in Widford, England, of John Eliot, who was known as "Apostle to the Indians."

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