Dec. 9, 1996

Schoolboys with Dog, Winter

by William Matthews


Today's Reading:"Schoolboys with Dog, Winter" by William Matthews from SELECTED POEMS AND TRANSLATIONS 1969-1991, published by Houghton Mifflin (1992).

It's the birthday of actor and director John Cassavetes, who acted in films such as ROSEMARY'S BABY in order to finance his own films. He was born in New York City in 1929.

Physicist Henry W. Kendall, who helped discover evidence confirming the existence of quarks, was born on this day in Boston, 1926.

The first Christmas Seals went on sale on this day in 1907 in Wilmington, Delaware.

It's the birthday of computer pioneer Grace Brewster Murray Hopper in New York City in 1906. She devised the first computer programs and coined the term "bug" for mysterious computer failures when a two-inch moth caused problems inside the circuit of a calculating device.

Sad-faced hobo clown Emmet Kelly, also known as Weary Willie, was born in Sedan, Kansas, on this day in 1898.

Frozen foods pioneer Clarence Birdseye was born on this day in Brooklyn, New York, 1886.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" was published on this day in 1854.

Joel Chandler Harris, creator of the Uncle Remus tales of Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit, was born in Eatonton, Georgia, in 1848.

New York's first daily newspaper, THE AMERICAN MINERVA, was established by Noah Webster on this day in 1793.

It's the birthday of poet John Milton (PARADISE LOST; SAMSON AGONISTES), born in London on this day in 1608.

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