Jun. 18, 1997

Little Unwritten Book

by Charles Simic


Today's Reading:"Little Unwritten Book" by Charles Simic from WALKING THE BLACK CAT, published by Harcourt Brace and Company (1996).

The two-month Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Opera Festival begins today in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It's the birthday of children's author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg (JUMANJI; THE POLAR EXPRESS), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1949.

Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England, on this day in 1942. He was 13 when he was introduced to John Lennon, who asked him to join a skiffle band he was forming called the Quarrymen.

It's the birthday of novelist and short-story writer Gail Godwin (THE PERFECTIONISTS; THE SOUTHERN FAMILY; THE GOOD HUSBAND), born in Birmingham, Alabama, on this day in 1937.

Silent film star Blanche Sweet, who became a star at the age of 17 when she appeared in D.W. Griffith's film JUDITH OF BETHULIA (1913), was born on this day in Chicago, in 1896.

It's the birthday of illustrator and painter James Montgomery Flagg, who painted the famous World War I (& World War II) Uncle Sam poster. He was born in Pelham Manor, New York, in 1877.

Oil-man Henry Clay Folger, cofounder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, was born on this day in Brooklyn, in 1857.

The Battle of Waterloo took place on this day in Belgium in 1815, where Napoleon was finally defeated in a day-long, fierce and bloody battle with British and Prussian forces.

It was on this day in 1812 that Congress declared war on Great Britain, setting off the War of 1812.

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