Nov. 9, 1996

You Went Away

by Norman MacCaig


Today's Reading:"You Went Away" by Norman MacCaig from RIDING LIGHTS, published by Hogarth Press Ltd.

It's the anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

A massive power blackout hit the East Coast on this day in 1965, leaving over 30 million people without electricity across the northeastern United States and Canada.

It's the anniversary of Kristallnacht (Crystal Night) in 1938 when Nazi mobs roamed German streets destroying Jewish synagogues, homes and businesses.

Astronomer Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1934.

It's the birthday of poet Anne Sexton, born in Newton, Massachusetts, 1928. Her psychiatrist suggested she begin writing poetry as therapy. She committed suicide in 1974.

The influential photographer Robert Frank was born in Zurich on this day in 1924.

Poet, novelist, playwright James Schuyler was born on this day in Chicago, 1923.

A fierce storm struck the Great Lakes on this day in 1913. Ten ships sank and over 200 sailors drowned.

Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to visit a foreign country while in office when he traveled on a battle ship to Panama in 1906.

It's the birthday of German mathematician Herman Weyl, an important contributor to theoretical physics and colleague of Albert Einstein, born in Elmshorn, Germany, 1885.

Stanford White, one of the most popular architects of his time, was born on this day in New York City in 1853.

It's the birthday of Russian writer Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY; FATHERS AND SONS) in Orel, Russia, 1818.

Gail Borden, who developed the first commercial method of condensing milk, was born on this day in Norwich, New York, 1801.

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