Jan. 21, 1997

Every Woman

by Diana Der-Hovanessian


Today's Reading:"Every Woman" by Diana Der-Hovanessian from THE CIRCLE DANCERS, published by Sheep Meadow Press (1996).

It's the birthday of tenor Placido Domingo, born in Madrid, Spain, 1941.

Shakespearean actor Paul Scofield was born on this day in Sussex, England, 1922.

Biochemist Konrad Bloch, who shared the Nobel Prize for his work on the natural synthesis of cholesterol and fatty acids, was born on this day in Neisse, Germany, 1912.

It's the birthday of Icelandic poet and novelist David Stefansson, born in 1895, and known as "a poet of humanity."

Singer, songwriter Huddie William "Leadbelly" Ledbetter ("Goodnight, Irene," "The Midnight Special") was born in Mooringsport, Louisiana, 1885.

It's the birthday of Roger Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, born in Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1884.

Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, one of Robert E. Lee's most talented generals during the Civil War, was born on this day in Clarksburg, Virginia, 1824.

Explorer John Charles Fremont, who helped map the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers, was born on this day in Savannah, Georgia, 1813.

It's the birthday of Ethan Allen, leader of the Green Mountain Boys during the Revolutionary War. He was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, 1738.

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