Aug. 21, 1996

The Party

by Reed Whittemore


Today's Reading: "The Party" by Reed Whittemore from THE PAST, THE FUTURE, THE PRESENT, published by University of Arkansas Press (1990).

Hawaii became the 50th state on this day in 1959.

Novelist Robert Stone (HALL OF MIRRORS; DOG SOLDIER) was born today in Brooklyn, 1937.

Mezzo soprano Dame Janet Baker was born in Hatfield, England, in 1933.

It's the birthday of Christopher Robin Milne, the boy who inspired his father, A. A. Milne, to write the Winnie the Pooh series. He was born in London in 1920.

It was on this day in 1911 that Leonardo da Vinci's painting, the MONA LISA, was stolen from the Louvre in Paris by an Italian house painter.

William "Count" Basie ("One O'Clock Jump") was born today in Red Bank, New Jersey, in 1904.

American writer Roark Bradford (OL' MAN ADAMS AN' HIS CHILLUN) was born today in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, in 1896.

Illustrator Aubrey Beardsley was born in Brighton, England, 1872.

It's the birthday of iron master, William Kelly who invented the pneumatic process of steelmaking. He was born in Pittsburgh in 1811.

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