Nov. 4, 1996

Bright After Dark

by Pearse Hutchinson


Today's Reading:"Bright After Dark" by Pearse Hutchinson from SELECTED POEMS, published by The Gallery Press.

It was on this day in 1979 when Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in Teheran, Iran, taking about 90 hostages, 52 of whom were Americans who were held in captivity for 444 days.

It's the birthday of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, born in Floral Park, New York, 1946.

The first air-conditioned automobile, a Packard, went on exhibition at the Chicago Automobile Show on this day in 1939.

Poet C. K. Williams was born on this day in Newark, New Jersey, 1936.

Actor Art(hur) (William) (Matthew) Carney, Ralph Cramden's neighbor on THE HONEYMOONERS, was born on this day in Mount Vernon, New York, 1919.

Journalist Walter (Leland) Cronkite (Jr.) was born on this day in Joseph, Missouri, 1916.

It's the birthday of the designer and industrialist who developed the Ferguson tractor, Harry George Ferguson, born in County Down, Ireland, 1884.

Humorist Will(iam) (Penn) (Adair) Rogers, the "cowboy philosopher," was born on this day near Oologah, in Indian territory that is now Oklahoma, in 1879.

Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married on this day in 1842 in Springfield, Illinois.

The first wagon train of settlers reached California on this day in 1841. It had left Independence, Missouri, on May 1 that year.

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