Sep. 29, 1996

September: Last Day at the Beach

by Richard Tillinghast


Today's Reading:"September: Last Day at the Beach" by Richard Tillinghast from SLEEP WATCH, published by Wesleyan University Press.

The Sundown dance takes place today at the American Indian Ceremonial Dancing in Taos, New Mexico.

The Buffalo Wallow Chili Cookoff will be held today in Custer, South Dakota.

The Freyburg Fair opens today in Freburg, Maine.

The Kentucky Apple Festival gets underway today in Paintsville, Kentucky.

It was on this day in 1982 that the first of seven people died from taking Tylenol capsules that had been deliberately contaminated with cyanide.

It's the birthday today of Lech Walesa in Popowa, Poland, in 1943. He was elected Poland's president in 1990.

On this day in 1941, a Nazi death squad systematically machine-gunned more than 30,000 Russian Jews at the Babi Yar ravine in Kiev, Russia.

Film director Stanley Kramer (CAINE MUTINY; GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER) was born today in New York City in 1913.

It's the birthday of film director, cinematographer Michelangelo Antonioni (BLOW-UP), born in Ferrara, Italy, in 1912.

It's the birthday of the singing cowboy, Gene Autry, in 1907 in Tioga, Texas.

Physicist Enrico Fermi, one of the chief architects of the nuclear age, was born on this day in Rome, Italy, 1901.

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




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