Aug. 15, 1996

Twilight: After Haying

by Jane Kenyon


Today's Reading: "Twilight: After Haying" by Jane Kenyon from OTHERWISE: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, published by Graywolf Press (1996).

Today is the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, celebrated by Greek and Roman Catholics.

The Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Missouri begins today.

The 107th annual Soldiers' Reunion Celebration takes place today in Newton, North Carolina, the oldest patriotic event of its kind in the country.

It's the anniversary today of Woodstock, the 1969 music and art fair held in an alfalfa field at Bethel, New York. Over 400,000 people attended the three-day festival.

It was on this day in 1947 that India gained independence from Britain with Jawaharlal Nehru as the first prime minister.

English playwright, Robert Bolt (A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS), was born today in Manchester, England, in 1924.

It was on this day in 1914 that the Panama Canal was formally opened after ten years of construction by U. S. engineers.

English solider and writer, T. E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, was born today in Carnarvonshire, Wales, in 1888.

It's the birthday of writer Edna Ferber (SHOWBOAT; CIMARRON; GIANT; ICE PALACE), born in Calamazoo, Michigan, in 1887.

It's the birthday of Scottish poet and novelist, Sir Walter Scott, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1771.

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




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