Dec. 2, 1996


by Seamus Heaney


Today's Reading:"Scaffolding" by Seamus Heaney from DEATH OF A NATURALIST, published by Faber and Faber.

It was on this day in 1954 that the U.S. Senate voted 67 to 22 to censure Senator Joseph McCarthy.

In 1942 the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was set off by a team of scientists at the University of Chicago, under the stands of the football stadium.

It's the birthday of inventor Peter Carl Goldmark, who developed the first color television system and the LP (Long-Playing) record. He was born in Budapest in 1906.

It's the birthday of Greek writer Nikos Kazanzakis (ZORBA THE GREEK; THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST), born in Crete, 1885.

It was on this day in 1867 that Charles Dickens gave his first reading in New York City.

It's the birthday of French painter Georges Seurat, the originator of Pointillism. He was born in Paris in 1859.

English book designer and binder Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson (DOVES BIBLE) was born on this day in Alnwick, England, 1840.

In 1823 on this day, President James Monroe set forth what would be called the Monroe Doctrine, telling European powers to keep their hands off both North and South America.

In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor at a ceremony in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

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