Oct. 14, 1996

Humanity I love you

by E. E. Cummings

MONDAY 10/14

Today's Reading:"Humanity i love you" by e. e. cummings, from 100 SELECTED POEMS, published by Grove Weidenfeld.

Today is Columbus Day, commemorating 12 October 1492, when Columubus landed on a small island in the Bahamas, which he named San Slavador.

Martin Luther King became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on this day in 1964.

The idea for the Peace Corps was born on this day in 1960 when John F. Kennedy gave a speech to students at the University of Michigan.

Former U. S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop was born on this day in 1916 in Brooklyn, New York.

Travel writer Eugene Fodor was born on this day in Leva, Hungary, in 1905.

William McKinley became the first president to ride in an automobile on this day in 1899.

Poet e. e. cummings, famous for writing without capital letters or punctuation, was born on this day in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1894.

The "First Lady of the Silent Screen," actress Lillian Gish, was born on this day in Springfield, Ohio, 1893.

The 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was born on this day in Denison, Texas, 1890.

It's the birthday of short story writer Katherine Mansfield (THE GARDEN PARTY), born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1888.

It's the birthday in New York City of Irish revolutionary and later prime minister and president, Eamon de Valera, 1882.

It's the birthday of Quaker William Penn, born on this day in London, 1644.

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




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