Nov. 16, 1996

Sonnet 151: Some Glory in Their Birth, Some in Their Skill

by William Shakespeare


Today's Reading:"Some Glory in Their Birth, Some in Their Skill" by William Shakespeare.

The Monterey County Hot Air Affair is being held this weekend in Marina, California with 40 balloonists in competition.

A reenactment of the Revolutionary War siege of Fort Mifflin takes place today in Philadelphia.

The SOUND OF MUSIC premiered today in 1959 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York City.

It's the birthday today of journalist Elizabeth Drew, born Cincinnati in 1935.

Novelist Betty Pesetsky (CONFESSIONS OF A BAD GIRL; DIGS AND MIDNIGHT SWEETS) was born in Milwaukee in 1932.

It's the birthday of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe (THINGS FALL APART) born in Ogidi, Nigeria, 1930.

The first volume of Marcel Proust's novel, REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST, was published in Paris on this day in 1913.

The German composer Paul Hindemith (MATHIS DER MALER) was born on this day near Frankfurt in 1895.

It's the birthday of playwright and journalist George S. Kaufman (OF THEE I SING; YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU; THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER) born in Pittsburgh, 1889.

Arthur Krock, political writer for THE NEW YORK TIMES from 1932 to 1966, was born on this day in Glasgow, Kentucky, 1886.

It's the birthday of writer Louis Honore Frechette, known for patriotic poems in French, born in Quebec, 1839.

It was on this day that Britain blockaded Long Island Sound in 1813, during the War of 1812, closing all major American routes to the sea.

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