Jan. 28, 1997

The Grandmothers

by Virginia Hamilton Adair


Today's Reading:"The Grandmothers" by Virginia Hamilton Adair from ANTS ON THE MELON, published by Random House (1996).

It was on this day in 1986 that the space shuttle CHALLENGER exploded 74 seconds after liftoff.

It's the birthday of pop artist Claes Oldenburg in Stockholm Sweden, 1929.

Abstract-expressionist painter Jackson Pollock was born on this day in Wyoming, 1912.

Film director Ernst Lubitsch (NINOTCHKA; DESIGN FOR LIVING) was born in Berlin on this day in 1892.

It's the birthday of pianist Artur Rubinstein, born in Kodz, Poland, 1887.

French novelist (Sidonie-Garielle) Collette was born on this day in the village of Saint-Sauveruen-Puisaye in 1873.

The inventor of the adding machine, William Burroughs, was born in Rochester, New York, 1855.

This evening in 1807 London became the world's first city to be illuminated at night by gas light.

English printer John Baskerville, printer of the Bible and creator of Baskerville type, was born on this day in Wolverly, England, 1706.

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