Aug. 7, 1996


by Margaret Atwood


Today's Reading:"Bored" by Margaret Atwood from MORNING IN THE BURNED HOUSE, published by Houghton Miflin.

The Georgia Mountain Fair begins today in Hiawassee, Georgia, with demonstrations of corn milling, board splitting, and soap and hominy making.

The Indiana State Fair opens today in Indianapolis.

The week-long Finnfest USA '96 starts today in Marquette, Michigan, celebrating Finnish heritage.

The Old Fiddlers' Convention gets underway today in Galax, Virginia.

It was on this day that President George Bush ordered American troops to Saudi Arabia to prevent further aggression by Iraq, which had invaded Kuwait five days earlier.

In 1942 on this day, U.S. Marines landed on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, the first American amphibious operation of World War II.

It's the birthday of film director Nicholas Ray (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE) who was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1911.

Archaeologist, anthropologist Louis Leakey, whose discoveries of hominid fossils in Tanzania proved that the human race is about one million years older than previouslythought, was born today in Kabet, Kenya, in 1903.

It's the birthday of writer, producer Rudolf C. Ising, who with Hugh Harmon created "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies." He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1903.

In 1804 on this day, poet William Blake wrote to biographer and poet William Hayley: "Money flies from me. Profit never ventures upon my threshold."

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




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