Dec. 12, 1996

To Hayden Carruth

by Wendell Berry


Today's Reading:"To Hayden Carruth" by Wendell Berry from ENTRIES, published by Pantheon Books (1994).

One of the inventors of the microchip, Robert N. Noyce, was born on this day in Iowa, 1927.

It's the birthday in Hoboken, New Jersey, of Frank Sinatra, 1915. He was 21 years old when he decided to become a singer after seeing a performance by Bing Crosby

The first transatlantic wireless signal was sent from Cornwall, England, to St. John's Newfoundland, where Guglielmo Marconi received it on an antenna kept aloft by a kite.

Writer, editor and civil rights activist Lillian Eugenia Smith was born on this day in Jasper, Florida, 1897. Her book STRANGE FRUIT was declared obscene by the Postal Service for its depiction of an interracial love affair.

The great American civil rights leader Arthur Garfield Hays was born on this day in Rochester, New York, 1881.

French writer Gustave Flaubert (MADAME BOVARY) was born on this day in Rouen, France, 1821.

On this day in 1792, 22-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven paid about 19 cents for his first music lesson from Franz Joseph Haydn in Vienna.

American statesman John Jay, one of the authors of the FEDERALIST PAPERS, was born on this day in New York City in 1745.

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