Mar. 27, 1997

To His Coy Mistress

by Andrew Marvell


Today's Reading:"To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvel.

It's the birthday of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan in Newark, New Jersey, 1924.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louis Simpson was born on this day in Kingston, Jamaica, 1923.

It's the birthday of novelist, screenwriter and journalist Budd Schulberg (WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN), born in New York City, 1914.

The father of communication satellites, John Robinson Pierce, was born on this day in Des Moines, Iowa, 1910.

Jazz clarinetist Pee Wee Russell was born in Maple Wood, Missouri, on this day in 1906.

It's the birthday of photographer Edward Steichen, born in Luxembourg, 1879.

German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen, who accidentally discovered X-rays, was born on this day in Lennep, Prussia, 1845.

The town planner who designed modern-day Paris, Georges-Eugene Haussmann, was born in Paris on this day in 1809.

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