Jun. 11, 1997

But Once Upon a Very Young Time

by Thomas McGrath


Today's Reading:"But Once Upon a Very Young Time" by Thomas McGrath from ECHOES INSIDE THE LABYRINTH, published by Thunder's Mouth Press.

In Hawaii, it's Kamehameha Day, honoring Hawaiian King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian Islands into a single kingdom.

It was on this day in 1991 that the long-dormant volcano Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines, erupted violently, resulting in the cooling of the Earth's temperature by about one degree for the following five years.

It's the birthday of playwright, director and actor Athol Fugard, one of South Africa's leading playwrights (THE BLOOD KNOT; MASTER HAROLD), born in Middelburg, South Africa, on this day in 1932.

Author William Styron (LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS; Pulitzer Prize-winning THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER; SOPHIE'S CHOICE; TIDEWATER MORNING; THREE TALES FROM YOUTH) was born on this day in Newport News, Virginia, in 1925.

It's the birthday of English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins in Stratford, in 1844. He became a Jesuit priest and went to Ireland where he taught at the Royal University before dying from typhoid at the age of 44.

It's the birthday of first woman newspaper reporter, Anne Newport Royall, born near Baltimore on this day in 1769.

English playwright and poet Ben Jonson (EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR) was born on this day near London in 1572.

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