May 4, 1997

Riding Bike with No Hands

by Julia Kasdorf


Today's Reading:"Riding Bike with No Hands" by Julia Kasdorf from SLEEPING PREACHER, published by University of Pittsburgh Press.

Today is Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Day, a day established by Israel's Knesset as a memorial to the Jewish dead of World War II.

It's the birthday of British novelist Graham Swift (THE SWEET SHOP OWNER; OUT OF THIS WORLD), born in London in 1949.

Israeli novelist Amos Oz (THE BLACK BOX; THE THIRD STATE) was born in Jerusalem on this day in 1939.

It's the birthday of actress Edda van Heemstra Hepburn- Rusten, who came to the United States after World War II and changed her name to Audrey Hepburn (ROMAN HOLIDAY; BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S). She was born near Brussels, Belgium, in 1929.

It's the birthday of Irish poet Thomas Kinsella, born in Dublin on this day in 1928.

American nutritionist and biochemist Agnes Fay Morgan, the first to note the effects of vitamin D, was born on this day in Peoria, Illinois, in 1884.

Electrical engineer and broadcasting pioneer Frank Conrad was born on this day in Pittsburgh, 1874. His interest in radiotelephony led to the establishment of the first commercial radio station.

British biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, who defended his friend Charles Darwin in the controversy surrounding the theory of evolution, was born on this day in Ealing, Middlesex, 1825.

"The father of public education," Horace Mann, was born on this day in Franklin, Massachusetts, in 1796. He was responsible for the state law requiring children under 12 to spend at least six months of the year in school.

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