Nov. 21, 1996

729 The Props assist the House

by Emily Dickinson

789 On a Columnar Self --

by Emily Dickinson


Today's Reading:"The Props Assist the House" and "On a Columhar Self" by Emily Dickinson.

The Alaska Highway across Canada was formally opened on this day in 1942.

Cole Porter's musical ANYTHING GOES opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York on this day in 1934.

It's the birthday of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins in St. Joseph, Missouri, 1904.

Surrealist painter Rene Magritte was born on this day in Lessines, Belgium, 1898.

It's the birthday of comedian Harpo Marx, the brother who played the harp and never spoke. He was born in New York City on this day in 1888.

President Abraham Lincoln wrote his famous letter to Mrs. Bixby on this day in 1864, expressing his condolences over the deaths of her five sons in battle during the Civil War.

Ethnologist Lewis Henry Morgan, who conducted an exhaustive study of the history of the Iroquois Indians, was born on this day near Aurora, New York, 1818.

Army surgeon William Beaumont, the first person to study human digestion in the stomach by observing a wounded soldier, was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, 1822.

French writer and philosopher Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet was born on this day in Paris, 1694. In CANDIDE he wrote: "If this is the best of all possible worlds, what are the others like?"

The Mayflower Compact was signed on this day in 1620 aboard the MAYFLOWER.

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