Aug. 23, 1996

Fly Ball

by Carol Masters


Today's Reading: "Fly Ball" by Carol Masters from DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND, published by Faber & Faber.

The sun enters Virgo, The Virgin, in the astrological zodiac today, running through September 22.

The Alaska State Fair opens today in Palmer, Alaska.

The 37th Annual Fife and Drum Muster starts today in Westbrook, Connecticut.

It's Stiftungsfest in Young America, Minnesota, the 135th annual festival with German music, brats and kraut, and a beer garden.

The Beatles Festival takes place today in Liverpool, England.

Today in 1927 anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for a holdup in South Braintree, Massachusetts.

It's the birthday of dancing star Gene Kelly (AN AMERICAN IN PARIS; SINGIN' IN THE RAIN), born in Pittsburgh in 1912.

Humorist Willl Cuppy (HOW TO BE A HERMIT; HOW TO BECOME EXTINCT) was born in Auburn, Indiana, in 1884.

It's the birthday of Irish painter Jack Butler Yeats, born in London in 1871.

Poet Edgar Lee Masters (SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY) WAS BORN TODAY IN Garnett, Kansas, 1869.

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




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