Sep. 9, 1996

Kindergarten Day

by William B. Patrick


Today's Reading: "Kindergarten Day" by William B. Patrick from THESE UPRAISED HANDS, published by Boa Editions.

Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the ED SULLIVAN SHOW today in 1956, singing "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel."

Singer, songwriter Otis Redding was born today in Dawson, Georgia, 1941.

It's the birthday of English novelist, James Hilton (LOST HORIZON), born in Leigh, England, 1900.

Baseball player and manager Frank Francis Frisch, also called The Fordham Flash, was born today in New York City, 1898.

Novelist and essayist Mary Austin (THE LAND OF LITTLE RAIN) was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1868.

California was admitted into the union today in 1850, becoming the 31st state.

Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, whose epic novel WAR AND PEACE included more than 600 characters, was born on this day in 1928.

Today in 1513 the Scots were defeated by the English at the Battle of Flodden Field.

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