Oct. 21, 1996

Now You Need Me

by Virginia Hamilton Adair

MONDAY 10/21

Today's Reading:"Now You Need Me" by Virginia Hamilton Adair from ANTS ON THE MELON, published by Random House (1996).

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened on this day in New York City, 1959.

It's the birthday of journalist Frances Fitzgerald (FIRE IN THE LAKE), born in New York City in 1940.

Science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin was born on this day in Berkeley, California, 1929.

It was on this day in 1917 that the first American troops arrived at the front line at Sommervillier, France, during World War I.

It's the birthday of composer and bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie, born in Cheraw, South Carolina, 1917.

A national financial panic began on this day in 1907 after a run on the Knickerbocker Trust Company in New York City.

In 1879 on this day, Thomas Edison demonstrated the first practical incandescent lamp after 14 months of work.

Chemist and founder of the Nobel Prizes, Alfred Bernhard Nobel, was born on this day in Stockholm, Sweden, 1833.

It's the birthday of clergyman and poet Samuel Francis Smith (My Country 'Tis of Thee), born in Boston on this day in 1808.

The Battle of Trafalgar took place on this day in 1805 when Britain's Royal Navy, under Admiral Horatio Nelson, defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets.

It's the birthday of the English romantic poet and essayist Samuel Taylor Coleridge, born in Ottery St. Mary, England, on this day in 1772.

It was on this day in 1769 that Spanish explorers first spotted San Francisco Bay.

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




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