Apr. 3, 1997

Four Ducks on a Pond

by William Allingham


by Robert Browning


Today's Reading: "Four Ducks on a Pond" by William Allingham from the OXFORD BOOK OF IRISH VERSE. "'Song" by Robert Browning.

In 1944 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that black citizens were eligible to vote in all elections and nor could they be barred from primaries.

It's the birthday of singer and actress Doris Von Kappelhoff, Doris Day, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1924.

It's the 73rd birthday of actor Marlon Brando (ON THE WATERFRONT; THE GODFATHER), born in Omaha, Nebraska, 1924.

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre were married on this day at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City in 1920.

Magazine publisher Henry R. Luce, founder of TIME magazine, FORTUNE and LIFE, was born on this day to missionary parents in Tengchow, China, 1898.

It's the birthday of "the mother of the blues," Gertrude Bridget "Ma" Rainey, born in Columbus, Georgia, 1888.

It was on this day in 1882 that outlaw Jesse James was gunned down by his cousin, Bob Ford.

In 1865 the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, surrendered to Union forces.

Astronomer Hermann Karl Vogel, who discovered spectroscopic binaries, double-star systems too close together to be seen individually by a telescope, was born on this day in Leipzig, Germany, 1842.

It's the birthday of nature writer John Burroughs, born near Roxbury, New York, 1837.

Washington Irving, best known for his Hudson Valley stories RIP VAN WINKLE and THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, was born on this day in New York City, 1783.

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