Oct. 2, 1996

Adam's Curse

by William Butler Yeats


Today's Reading:"Adam's Curse" by William Butler Yeats.

The Frankfurt Book Fair starts today in Germany, the largest book fair in the world.

It's the birthday of economist and educator James M. Buchanan, born in Murfreesborok Tennessee, 1919.

Belgian cytologist and biochemist Christian Rene de Duve, who discovered lysosomes (the digestive organelles of the cell) was born on this day in Thames Ditton, England, 1917.

Comic strip artist Alex Raymond ("Jungle Jim," and "Rip Kirby")was born today in New Rochelle, New York, 1909.

Poet Roy Campbell was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1901.

It's the birthday of novelist, short-story writer Graham Greene (THE CONFIDENTIAL AGENT; THE THIRD MAN; THE MAN WITHIN), born in Berkhamsted, England, 1904.

It's the birthday of poet and insurance executive Wallace Stevens, born in Reading, Pennsylvania, 1879.

Nat Turner, who led a slave revolt in 1831, was born on this day in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1800.

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