Feb. 24, 1997

A Simile for Her Smile

by Richard Wilbur


Today's Reading:"A Simile for Her Smile" by Richard Wilbur from CEREMONY AND OTHER POEMS, published by Harcourt Brace and Company.

The Jewish organization Hadassah was founded on this day in New York City in 1912.

It's the birthday of writer August Derleth (STILL IS THE SUMMER NIGHT; RESTLESS IS THE RIVER; THE SHIELD OF THE VALIANT), born in Sauk City, Wisconsin, 1909.

New England writer Mary Ellen Chase was born on this day in Blue Hill, Maine, in 1887.

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War II, was born on this day in Fredericksburg, Texas, 1885.

It's the birthday of one of baseball's greatest shortstops, Honus Wagner, "The Flying Dutchman," born in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, 1874.

It was on this day in 1868 that the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson, who, after Lincoln's assassination, angered some members when he honored Lincoln's wish to welcome back the southern states into the Union.

It's the birthday of painter Winslow Homer, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 1836.

Folklorist Wilhelm Karl Grimm, who along with his brother Jakob compiled GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES ("Hansel and Gretel," "Cinderella," "Snow White"), was born on this day in Hanau, Germany, in 1786.

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