May 17, 1997

The Big Rock Candy Mountain

by Anonymous


Today's Reading:"The Big Rock Candy Mountains" by an anonymous author.

The two-day Maifest, a German celebration of spring, starts today in Hermann, Montana.

The Rhubarb Festival begins today in Intercourse, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Dutch country.

In Seattle, Washington, the Norwegian 17th of May Festival, celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day in 1814, takes place today.

Today is the anniversary of the Brown Versus Board of Education Decision in 1954, when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that segregation of public schools denied black children " equal educational opportunity."

The Preakness Stakes, middle jewel in the Triple Crown, takes place today at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland.

It's the birthday of Swedish opera singer Birgit Nilsson, born in West Karup, Sweden, in 1918.

It's the birthday today of Negro League baseball player James "Cool Papa" Bell, regarded as the fastest person ever to play the game; born in Starkville, Missouri, 1903.

French composer Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, whose whimsical titles include: " The Dreamy Fish," " Flabby Preludes for a Dog," " Sketches to Make You run Away," was born on this day in Le Havre, France, 1866.

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




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