Dec. 10, 1996

1134 The Wind took up the Northern Things

by Emily Dickinson


Today's Reading:"The Wind Took Up the Northern Things" by Emily Dickinson.

The Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies will be held today, as they are annually on the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel. The Peace Prize is presented at Oslo City Hall and the five other prizes, for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and economics will be presented in a ceremony in Stockholm.

It's the birthday of director and playwright Kenneth Branagh (DEAD AGAIN), born in Belfast, Ireland, 1960.

Composer, conductor Morton Gould was born on this day in Richmond Hill, New York, 1913.

On this day in 1910, Puccini's opera LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Toscanini conducting.

It's the birthday of composer and organist Olivier Messiaen born in Avignon, France, 1908.

It's the birthday of English novelist and poet Rumer Godden, born in Sussex on this day in 1907.

Children's author Mary Norton (BONFIRES AND BROOMSTICKS; THE BORROWERS) was born on this day in London in 1903.

It's the birthday of Nobel Prize winning poet Nelly Sachs ("O the chimneys"), born in Berlin in 1891.

It's the birthday in 1879 of English artist E. H. Shepard, who illustrated A.A. Milne's book WINNIE THE POOH, and Kenneth Grahame's THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS.

On this day in 1869, Wyoming became the first U.S. territory to grant women the right to vote. There were few women in Wyoming at the time.

It's the birthday of poet Emily (Elizabeth) Dickinson, born in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1830. Over a 1,000 poems were found in her bureau drawer after her death; only seven were published during her lifetime.

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