Sep. 13, 1996

1540 As imperceptibly as Grief

by Emily Dickinson


Today's Reading: "LXXX" (As imperceptibly as grief) by Emily Dickinson.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown this evening.

Today is Friday the 13th - every year has at least one, but never more than three. Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia.

Hawk Weekend begins today at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve in Duluth, Minnesota, with birders coming from around the world to watch thousands of migrating hawks pass by on their way toward wintering areas as distant as South America.

The Big E, New England's Great State Fair, opens today in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Mountaineer Folk Festival gets underway today in Pikeville, Tennessee.

It's the birthday today of opera singer Arleen Auger, born in South Gate, California, in 1939.

Judith Martin, known as Miss Manners, was born on this day in Washington, D. C., in 1938.

Writer Roald Dahl (JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH; CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY) was born on this day in Llandaff, Wales, in 1916.

Jazz critic and composer Leonard Feather (THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAZZ) was born on this day in London in 1914.

The Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, was born today in Rosine, Kentucky, in 1911.

Writer Sherwood Anderson (WINESBURG, OHIO) was born on this day in Camden, Ohio, in 1876.

It was on this night in 1814 that Francis Scott Key wrote his famous poem, THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER.

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