Mar. 6, 1997

Walking Alone in Late Winter

by Jane Kenyon


Today's Reading:"Walking Alone in Late Winter" by Jane Kenyon from THE BOAT OF QUIET HOURS, published by Graywolf Press (1996).

It's the birthday of operatic soprano Dame Kiri Te Kannawa, born in Gisborne, New Zealand, in 1944.

Novelist Gabriel Garcia-Marquez (ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE; LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA), was born on this day in Arataca, Colombia, 1928.

Aspirin was patented on this day in 1899, after Felix Hoffmann discovered the properties of the acetylsalicylic acid.

Publisher Richard Leo Simon, who established a publishing house with his friend Max Schuster, was born on this day in New York City, 1899.

Louisa May Alcott died on this day in 1888, just hours after the burial of her father.

Writer Ring Lardner (YOU KNOW ME, AL) was born on this day in Niles, Michigan, 1885.

It's the anniversary of the disastrous Dred Scott decision in 1858. Handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, it decided that a slave who had once lived in the free state of Illinois, could not sue for his freedom in federal court; a case that added to the polarization eventually leading to the Civil War.

Giuseppe Verdi's opera LA TRVIATA premiered in Venice on this day in 1853.

It's the birthday of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, born in Durham, England, in 1806. She was 40 when she secretly married poet Robert Browning and eloped to Italy.

It's the birthday of sculptor, painter, and architect Michelangelo di Buonarroti Simoni, born in the village of Capreses, Tuscany, Italy, 1475.

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