May 5, 1997

The Vacation

by Wendell Berry


Today's Reading:"The Vacation" by Wendell Berry from ENTRIES, published by Pantheon.

Today is Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican national holiday celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, a winning battle in a losing war.

Today is Liberation Day in the Netherlands, marking the day in 1945 when the country was freed from occupation by Nazi Germany.

It's the birthday today of actor and screenwriter Michael Palin of MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS; born in Sheffield, England, 1943.

Carlos Baker, famous as the biographer of Ernest Hemingway, was born on this day in Biddeford, Maine, in 1909.

It's the birthday of radio comedy writer and performer, Freeman F. Gosden, the Amos of the popular AMOS 'N' ANDY radio program. He was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1899.

Writer Christopher Morley (KITTY FOYLE) was born on this day in Haverford, Pennsylvania, in 1890.

It's the birthday of Hall of Fame pitcher Chief (CHARLES ALBERT) Bender, born in Brainerd, Minnesota, 1884.

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness, the 1864 Civil War battle that took place in Virginia, a carefully planned Union campaign to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond..

It's the birthday of the electrical engineer who invented the mercury-vapor lamp, Peter Cooper Hewitt, born in New York City, in 1861.

Hat manufacturer John Batterson Stetson was born on this day in Orange, New Jersey, in 1830. He went out to Colorado during the gold rush, later returning to Philadelphia where he made hats based on what he had seen on the frontier.

Today is the birthday of German political philosopher Karl Marx (THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO; DAS KAPITAL), born in Trier, Germany, in 1818.

The founder of modern existentialism , Soren Aabye Kierkegaard, was born on this day in Copenhagen, 1813.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®




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