Oct. 1, 1996

Mozart, Saskatchewan

by Bill Holm


Today's Reading:"Mozart, Saskatchewan" by Bill Holm from THE DEAD GET BY WITH EVERYTHING, published by Milkweed Editions (1990).

Today is the first day of October, coming from the Latin word for "eight," as it was the eighth month in Roman calendar.

During the month of October Mercury will be in the morning sky, joining Venus, and the Orionid meteor shower will peak on the 21st.

The 32nd Nobel conference opens today at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, Minnesota.

It was on this day in 1949 that Mao Tse-Tung took office in Peking as the communist leader of China.

Author Tim O'Brien (LAKE OF THE WOODS) was born in Austin, Minnesota on this day in 1946.

Actress Julie Andrews (Julia Wells) was born on this day in Walton-On-Thames, England, in 1935.

Blues guitarist Albert Collins, known as "Master of the Telecaster," was born today in 1932 in Leona, Texas.

President Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter Jr.) was born on this day in Plains, Georgia, 1924.

Violinist Vladimir Horowitz was born in Berdichev, Russia, in 1903.

The first baseball World Series took place today in 1903 with the Boston Americans playing the Pittsburgh Nationals.

It's the birthday today in London, 1890 of Stanley Holloway, who portrayed Eliza Doolittle's father in the original Broadway and London productions of MY FAIR LADY.

The first installment of MADAME BOVARY by Gustave Flaubert appeared today in Paris, 1856, but the publisher refused to include a steamy passage describing Emma's adulterous love scene in the back seat of a hired cab.

American naval officer James Lawrence whose final words, "don't give up the ship," became a Navy motto, was born in Burlington, New Jersey, 1781.

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




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