Oct. 17, 1996

The Moment the Two Worlds Meet

by Sharon Olds


Today's Reading:"The Moment the Two Worlds Meet" by Sharon Olds from THE GOLD CELL, published by Alfred A. Knopf.

The State Fair of Louisiana opens today in Shreveport.

The Scottish Tattoo, Festival and Highland Games begins today at Stone Mountain, Georgia.

It's the anniversary of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake that measured 7.1 on the Richter Scale and killed 67 people in the Bay area.

Scientist Albert Einstein arrived in the United States on this day in 1933, in exile from Nazi Germany.

Novelist and newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin was born on this day in Jamaica, New York, 1930.

It's the birthday of playwright Arthur Miller (DEATH OF A SALESMAN),born in New York City in 1915.

Comic actress Jean Arthur (MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON; YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU) was born today in Plattsburg, New York, 1905.

Novelist, screenwriter Nathanael West (MISS LONELYHEARTS; THE DAY OF THE LOCUST) was born today in New York City in 1903.

Impressionist painter and illustrator Childe Hassam was born on this day in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1859.

English engineer Henry Bessemer patented his process for making steel on this day in 1855.

On this day in 1777, British General John Burgoyne surrendered 5600 British troops to American General Horatio Gates in the Battle of Saratoga, one of the turning points of the Revolutionary War.

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