Mar. 7, 1997

The Last Day and the First

by Theodore Weiss


Today's Reading:"The Last Day and the First" by Theodore Weiss from PRINCETON ONE AUTUMN AFTERNOON: COLLECTED POEMS OF THEODORE WEISS 1950-1986, published by MacMillan (1987).

The three-day Fulton Oysterfest in Fulton, Texas, begins today.

The Rough River Humor Festival starts today in Falls of Rough, Kentucky.

It was on this day in 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops into the Rhineland, breaking the Treaty of Versailles.

The film KING KONG starring Fay Wray, premiered on this day in New York City, 1933.

It's the birthday of Italian actress Anna Magnani, born in Rome in 1908.

Norwegian poet Rolf Jacobsen was born on this day in Oslo, Norway, in 1907.

Educator Helen Parkhurst, who once taught 40 farm boys of different ages in a one-room school house, was born in Durand, Wisconsin, 1887. She used each corner of the room for a different subject, having the older boys help the younger ones; a technique that later became known as the Dalton Plan.

It's the birthday of composer Maurice Ravel ("Bolero"), born in Cibourne, France, 1875.

Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, a leader in the Dutch abstract-art movement known as "deStijl," was born on this day in Amersfoort, Holland, 1872.

It was on this day in 1838 that soprano Jenny Lind, "the Swedish Nightingale," made her debut in Weber's opera "Der Freishultz."

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