Jan. 31, 1997

A Family History

by Julia Kasdorf


Today's Reading:"A Family History" by Julia Kasdorf from SLEEPING PREACHER, published by University of Pittsburgh Press.

RCA introduced the first musical synthesizer on this day in 1955.

On this day in 1928 the 3M company put its Scotch brand adhesive tape on the market.

It's the birthday of Pulitzer Prize wining-author Norman Mailer (THE NAKED AND THE DEAD; THE ARMIES OF THE NIGHT; THE EXECUTIONERS SONG), born in Brooklyn, New York, 1923.

Roman Catholic monk and writer Thomas Merton (SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN) was born on this day in Prades, France, 1915.

It's the birthday of writer John O'Hara (APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA; BUTTERFIELD 8) born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, 1905.

Russian dancer Anna Pavlova was born today in St. Petersburg, in 1882.

Zane Grey, author of more than 80 books about the old west; was born in Zanesville, Ohio, 1872.

Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born near Vienna on this day in 1797.

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