Oct. 24, 1996


by John Clare


Today's Reading:"Autumn" by John Clare.

The Edgar Allan Poe Festival begins today at Mount Hope Estate in Manheim, Pennsylvania.

Today is United Nations Day, commemorating the founding of the United Nations and effective date of the U. N. Charter on this day in 1945.

The Fair Labor Standards Act went in to effect on this day in 1940, establishing the 40-hour work week.

Women's nylon hosiery first went on sale in Wilmington, Delaware, on this day in 1939, one year after Du Pont had announced it had patented nylon.

It's the birthday today of poet, playwright and novelist Adrian Mitchell, born in London in 1932.

American composer George Crumb, awarded the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for "Echoes of Time and the River," was born on this day in Charleston, West Virginia, 1929.

Bulgarian writer Yordan Radichkov was born on this day in Kalimanitsa, Bulgaria, 1929.

It's the anniversary of Black Thursday in 1929, when several weeks of falling stock prices prompted investors to panic, selling more than 13 million shares of stock.

Today is the birthday of poet Denise Levertov, born in Ilford, England, 1923.

Blues singer and harmonica player Sonny Terry was born on this day in Greensboro, Georgia, 1911.

It's the birthday of playwright Moss Hart, who teamed up with George Kaufman to create many hits including ONCE IN A LIFETIME, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER. He was born in New York City in 1904.

It's the birthday of women's rights activist Belva Ann Lockwood, the first woman attorney to practice before the Supreme Court in 1879. She was born in Royalton, New York, in 1830.

Writer and editor Sarah Josepha Hale ("Mary Had a Little Lamb") was born on this day in Newport, New Hampshire, 1788.

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