Apr. 1, 1997

Juke Box Love Song

by Langston Hughes


Today's Reading: "Juke Box Love Song" by Langston Hughes from SELECTED POEMS, published by Harold Ober Associates.

Today is April Fool's Day.

The month of April gets its name from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.

Mercury is an evening star until the middle of the month, Saturn reappears during the second week, and Comet Hale-Bop will be visible in the western sky an hour after sunset.

Today is the beginning of National Poetry Month with readings taking place all over the country, including the Library of Congress where Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Daniel Hoffman will be reading from their work.

The yo-yo was introduced in the United States on this day in 1929 by Louie Marx.

Czech writer Milan Kundera, whose books were banned by the Soviets including THE FAREWELL PARTY, THE BOOK OF LAUGHTER AND FORGETTING and THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, was born on this day in, Czechoslovakia, 1929.

Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the first successful kidney transplant with an unrelated donor (1962), was born on this day in Milford, Massachusetts, 1919.

It's the birthday of blues singer Alberta Hunter, born in Memphis, Tennessee, 1895.

Actor Lon Chaney, who played macabre characters in the silent films, was born on this day in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1883.

It's the birthday of dramatist Edmond Rostand (CYRANO DE BERGERAC), was born on this day in Marseille, France, 1868.

Physician and biologist William Harvey, who determined that the heart was the body's central sender of blood, was born on this day in Folkstone, Kent, England, 1578.

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