Nov. 13, 1996

Song of the Open Road (excerpt)

by Walt Whitman


Today's Reading:"Song of the Open Road" by Walt Whitman from LEAVES OF GRASS.

Today is the anniversary of the 1982 dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

It was on this day in 1956 that the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on interstate buses was unconstitutional.

It's the birthday of novelist George V. Higgins, born in Brockton, Massachusetts, 1939.

Today in 1927 the world's first underwater tunnel for motorized traffic opened under the Hudson River, the 1.8 mile Holland Tunnel.

The first full session of the League of Nations began today in Geneva, 1920.

It's the birthday of historian and educator C. Vann Woodward, born in Vanndale, Arkansas, 1908.

Pianist Bennie Moten was born today in Kansas City, 1894.

Writer Robert Louis Stevenson was born today in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1850. He spent one month writing his book TREASURE ISLAND.

St. Augustine of Hippo, author of CONFESSIONS, was born in Tugaste, Rome, on this day in 354.

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