Oct. 8, 1996

A Man of Words and Not of Deeds

by Anonymous


Today's Reading:"A Man of Words and Not of Deeds" from MOTHER GOOSE'S NURSERY RHYMES, published by Longmeadow Press (1996).

It was on this day in 1970 that Soviet writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of that year's Nobel Prize for Literature, excused himself from attending the award ceremony in Stockholm.

In 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the rock & roll classic "Great Balls of Fire."

On this day in 1956 New York Yankees pitcher Don Larson pitched the only perfect game ever in a World Series.

Ozzie Nelson and his wife Harriet started a new radio show on this day in 1944, THE ADVENTURES OF OZZY AND HARRIET.

It's the birthday today of Reverend Jesse Jackson, born in Greenville, South Carolina, 1941.

It's the birthday of molecular biologist Cesar Milstein, who won the 1984 Nobel after producing antibodies that could immunize people against specific diseases. He was born in Argentina in 1926.

On this day in 1924 Virginia Woolf finished her novel MRS DALLOWAY.

Novelist Meyer Levin (COMPULSION) was born on this day in Chicago in 1905.

Financial journalist and founder of the WALL STREET JOURNAL, Charles Henry Dow, began charting trends on Wall Street in 1897, later to become known as the Dow Jones Average.

Film director Rouben Mamoulian was born in Russia on this day in 1897.

The Great Chicago Fire began on this day in 1871.

It's the birthday of Jean-Rodolphe Perronet, famous for his stone arch bridges, born in Suresnes, France, in 1708.

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