Mar. 13, 1997

812 A Light exists in Spring

by Emily Dickinson


Today's Reading: "A light exists in spring" by Emily Dickinson.

It's the birthday in 1733 of chemist Dr. Joseph Priestly who discovered oxygen.

The planet Uranus was discovered on this day in 1781.

Astronomer Percival Lowell whose detection of the irregularities in the orbit of Uranus led to the discovery of Pluto, was born on this day in Boston, 1855.

Tsar Alexander II was murdered by revolutionaries on this day in St. Petersburg, Russia, 1881.

It's the birthday of balloonist and photographer Albert William Stevens in 1886, who in 1930 became the first person to photograph the curvature of the earth.

Janet Flanner, who wrote her famous "Letter from Paris" for the NEW YORKER for fifty years using the name "Genet," was born on this day in Indianapolis, Indiana, 1892.

It's the birthday of Greek poet George Seferis, born in Turkey in 1900.

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