Feb. 19, 1997


Today's Reading:"Art" by Herman Melville (1819-1891).

Novelist Amy Tan, (THE JOY LUCK CLUB; THE KITCHEN GOD'S WIFE) was born on this day in Oakland, California, in 1952.

It was on this day in 1942 that President Roosevelt signed an executive order calling for the internment of 112,000 Japanese-Americans living in coastal Pacific areas.

Writer Carson McCuller (THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER) was born on this day in Columbus, Georgia, 1917.

Actress Merle Oberon, who appeared in more than 30 films and played Cathy in WUTHERING HEIGHTS, was born on this day in Bombay, India, 1911.

It's the birthday of writer Kay Boyle, known mostly for her short stories such as "The White Horses of Vienna," born on this day in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1902.

Chemist Svante Arrhenius, the founder of physical chemistry, was born on this day in Vik, Sweden, 1859.

The astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who defied church doctrine with his theory that the Earth was not the center of the universe, was born on this day in Eastern Poland in 1473.

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