Oct. 18, 1996

Brown Skin Girl

by Tommy McClennan

FRIDAY 10/18

Today's Reading:"Brown Skin Girl" by Tommy McClennan from THE BLUES LINE, published by Mushinsah Ltd.

Today is the start of Cranberry Harvest Weekend on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Visitors will be able to see some 200 acres of cranberry bogs and watch harvesting demonstrations.

The Longhorn World Championship Rodeo starts today in Charlotte, North Carolina.

It's the birthday today of novelist Terry McMillan (WAITING TO EXHALE), born in Port Huron, Michigan, 1951.

It's the birthday of playwright Wendy Wasserstein (THE HEIDI CHRONICLES), born in Brooklyn, New York, 1950.

Today is the birthday of Notzake Shange (FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF), born in Trenton, New Jersey, 1948.

It's the 70th birthday of rock'n roll pioneer Chuck Berry, born in St. Louis in 1926.

The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was formed on this day in 1922.

Film and stage star Lotte Lenya was born today in Vienna in 1898.

Engineer and ship designer Robert Livingston Stevens, inventor of the railroad spike and T-rail, was born on this day in Hoboken, New Jersey, 1787.

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




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