Feb. 22, 1997

Blow, Blow, thou Winter Wind

by Anonymous


Today's Reading:"Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind" by William Shakespeare from AS YOU LIKE IT.

The 24th American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race takes place today in northern Wisconsin.

The Bath International Literature Festival begins today in Bath, England.

Klondike Days and the World Championship Oval Sprint Sled Dog Race starts today in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

The San Francisco Chinese New Year Golden Dragon Parade, the largest Chinese New Year parade outside mainland China, takes place today.

It's the birthday of film director Jonathan Demme (MELVIN AND HOWARD; SILENCE OF THE LAMBS; PHILADELPHIA) born in Baldwin, New York, in 1944.

Author Edward Gorey, known for his macabre, Gothic humor, was born on this day in Chicago, in 1925.

It's the birthday of Irish short story writer Sean O'Faolain, born in Cork, Ireland, in 1900.

Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, remembered for her poem "Renascence," was born on this day in Rockland, Maine, 1892.

The founder of the Boy Scouts, Robert Baden-Powell, was born on this day in London in 1857.

Physicist Heinrich Hertz, the first to broadcast and receive radio waves, was born on this day in Hamburg, Germany, in 1857.

It's the birthday of George Washington, born in Bridges Creek, Virginia, in 1732.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®




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