Sep. 28, 1996


by Mary Oliver


Today's Reading:"September" by Mary Oliver from WHITE PINE, published by Harcourt Brace and Co.

Today is the first of the nine-day Jewish festival Sukkot or The Feast of Tabernacles, which marks the Jewish people's 40 years of wandering in the desert.

It's Cabrillo Day in California, the anniversary of Portuguese explorer Joao Rodregues Cabrillo's discovery of California on this day in 1542.

Marion County Ham Days get underway today in Lebanon, Kentucky.

Norsekedalen's Threshing Bee 1996 takes place today in Coon Valley, Wisconsin.

It's the birthday of rhythm and blues singer Ben E. King ("Stand By Me") born in Henderson, North Carolina, in 1938.

Blues singer Koko (Cora) Taylor was born today in Memphis, Tennessee, 1938.

The Black Sox Scandal rocked baseball on this day in 1920, when eight member of the Chicago White Sox were indicted for allegedly taking bribes to lose the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds.

Television host and Broadway columnist Ed Sullivan was born on this day in New York City in 1901.

Playwright, novelist Elmer Rice was born in New York City on this day in 1892.

Norman invaders landed on the shores of England on this day in 1066.

It was on this day in 490 B. C. that the Greeks defeated the Persians at the Battle of Marathon.

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




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