Jun. 1, 1997

Archy and Mehitabel

by Don Marquis


Today's Reading: "Archy and Mehitabel" by Don Marquis.

It's the beginning of the hurricane season in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Central Pacific.

The summer-long Black Hills Passion Play begins today in Spearfish, South Dakota.

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival begins today in Boise, Idaho at the outdoor amphitheater along the Boise River.

It's the birthday of American social critic and writer, Christopher Lasch (THE CULTURE OF NARCISSISM), born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1932.

It's the birthday of Norma Jean Baker, who became actress Marilyn Monroe (SOME LIKE IT HOT; THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH; GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES). She was born in Los Angeles in 1926.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded on this day in New York City in 1909.

It's the birthday of English playwright John van Druten (I REMEMBER MAMA; I AM A CAMERA), born in London on this day in 1901.

Comic actress and singer Molly Picon, a star in the Yiddish theatre, was born on this day in 1898 on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

It's the birthday of English poet laureate John Edward Masefield ("I must go down to the sea again"), born in Herfordshire in 1878.

Mormon leader Brigham Young was born on this day in Whitingham, Vermont, in 1801. He assumed leadership of the church after the murder of Joseph Smith, and led the Mormons on a pilgrimage to the territory near the Great Salt Lake.

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