Mar. 12, 1997

For My Daughter's 20th Birthday

by Walter Lowenfel


Today's Reading: "For My Daughter's 20th Birthday" by Walter Lowenfel from SOME DEATHS, published by Jonathan Williams.

It was on this day in 1789 that the United States Post Office was officially established.

It's the birthday of Adolph Simon Ochs, founder of the NEW YORK TIMES, born in Cincinnati in 1858.

Juliet Low founded the Girl Scouts on this day in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia.

It's the birthday of author Jack Kerouac (ON THE ROAD), born in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1922.

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee (THE AMERICAN DREAM; WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF?; THREE TALL WOMEN) was born on this day in Virginia, 1928.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the first of his Sunday evening fireside chats to the American people in 1933.

Diarist Anne Frank died on this day in 1945 in a German concentration camp.

It's the birthday of poet and memoirist Patricia Hampl (A ROMANTIC EDUCATION; VIRGIN TIME), born on this day in Saint Paul in 1946.

Today marks the anniversary of the ordination of women priests by the Church of England in 1994.

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