Oct. 20, 1996

The Latest Decalogue

by Arthur Hugh Clough

SUNDAY 10/20

Today's Reading:"The Latest Decalogue" by Arthur Hugh Clough.

Today in 1944 the U. S. First Army announced that the German city of Aachen was under its control after a week of battle, making it the first major German city to fall to the Allies.

It's the birthday of poet Robert Pinsky, born in Long Branch, New Jersey, 1940.

New York Yankees player Mickey Mantel was born today in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, 1931.

It's the birthday of humorist Art Buchwald, born in Mount Vernon, New York, 1925.

Singer Adelaide Hall, who recorded "Creole Love Call" with Duke Ellington in 1927, was born on this day in New York City, 1901.

It's the birthday of Jelly Roll Morton ("Dead Man Blues"), born in New Orleans in 1890.

Actor Bela Lugosi, known for playing Count Dracula on stage and in the 1931 film, was born today in Lugos, Hungary, 1884.

Composer Charles Ives was born today in Danbury, Connecticut, 1874.

It's the birthday of educator and philosopher John Dewey, born in Burlington, Vermont, 1859.

Poet Arthur Rimbaud, one of the creators of free verse, was born today in France, 1854.

It's the birthday of the attorney who acquired the land for New York's Central Park, Daniel Edgar Sicles, born in New York City, 1825.

It's the birthday of British architect Christophe r Wren, 1632, who planned the rebuilding of London after the fire of 1666.

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




  • “Writers end up writing stories—or rather, stories' shadows—and they're grateful if they can, but it is not enough. Nothing the writer can do is ever enough” —Joy Williams
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