Nov. 8, 1996

The Ram's Horn

by John Hewitt


Today's Reading:"The Ram's Horn" by John Hewitt from THE BOOK OF IRISH VERSE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF IRISH POETRY, published by Galahad Books (1995).

The Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival starts today in Wickenburg, Arizona.

The 27th annual Longhorn World Championship Rodeo begins today in Greenville, South Carolina.

New York's Museum of Modern Art opened on this day in 1929.

The first dial telephone service began on this day in 1919 in Norfolk, Virginia.

It's the birthday of dramatist and novelist Peter Weiss, born in Nowawes, Germany, in 1916.

Katharine Hepburn (AFRICAN QUEEN; THE PHILADELPHIA STORY; GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER) was born on this day in Hartford, Connecticut, 1909. She won her first academy award for MORNING GLORY (1932).

Novelist Margaret Mitchell was born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, 1900. She retired from her job as a reporter at the ATLANTA JOURNAL and spent the next ten years writing her only novel, GONE WITH THE WIND.

Journalist and activist Dorothy Day was born on this day in Brooklyn, New York, 1897.

It was on this day in 1895 that German physicist Wilhlem Konrad Roentgen discovered X-rays while studying cathode rays.

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