Mar. 9, 1997

Early Sunday Morning

by John Stone


Today's Reading:"Early Sunday Morning" by John Stone from RENAMING THE STREETS, published by Louisiana State University Press.

The Barbie Doll was unveiled on this day in 1959 at a Toy Fair in New York City.

It's the birthday of novelist Keri Hulme (THE BONE PEOPLE), born in Christchurch, New Zealand, 1947.

Jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman was born on this day in Fort Worth, Texas, 1930.

It's the birthday of Frank Morrison, Mickey Spillane (VENGEANCE IS MINE; KISS ME, DEADLY; THE ERECTION SET), born in Brooklyn, New York, 1918.

It's the birthday of American composer Samuel Barber ("Adagio for Strings," and the opera VANESSA), born on this day in West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1910.

Biographer Peter Quennell was born in London on this day in 1905.

It's the birthday of Bloomsbury Group writer Vita Sackville-West, born in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, 1892.

Railroad developer Leland Stanford, who with his wife founded Stanford University in 1885, was born on this day in Watervliet, New York, 1824.

Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine on this day in 1796.

It's the birthday of explorer Amerigo Vespucci, for whom the New World was named; born on this day in Florence, Italy, 1451.

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




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