May 21, 1997


by Lisel Mueller


Today's Reading:"Magnolia" by Lisel Mueller from WAVING FROM SHORE, published by Louisiana State University Press (1989).

The annual Bergen International Festival begins today in Bergen, Norway; one of Scandinavia's largest music festivals.

The 55th annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival begins today in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

The first woman president of Ireland, Mary Bourke Robinson, was born on this day in Ballina, County Mayo, in 1944.

It's the birthday of poet Robert Creeley, of the Black Mountain School of poets, born in Arlington, Massachusetts, 1926.

Nuclear physicist and Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, was born in Moscow on this day in 1921. He won the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize for his activism.

It's the birthday of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, whose drawings became the basis of Hummel figurines. She was born in Massing, Bavaria, in 1909.

Architect Marcel Breuer was born in Pecs, Hungary, on this day in 1902. He designed St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

It's the birthday of the physiologist and inventor of the electrocardiogram, Willem Einthoven, born in the Dutch East Indies in 1860.

Ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore, who devoted her life to study Native American music, was born on this day in Red Wing, Minnesota, in 1867.

It's the birthday of philanthropist Grace Hoadley Dodge, who helped organize the YWCA and the Travelers' Aid Society. She was born in New York City in 1856.

It's the birthday of the French painter Henri Rousseau, born in Laval, France, on this day in 1844.

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