Jun. 19, 1997

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

by William Butler Yeats

A Drinking Song

by William Butler Yeats


Today's Reading:"He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" and "A Drinking Song" by William Butler Yeats.

The Shakespeare on the Green festival begins today at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.

It's the birthday of novelist Salman Rushdie (MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN; THE SATANIC VERSES), born in Bombay, India, in 1947.

Writer Tobias Wolff (THIS BOY'S LIFE: A MEMOIR; GARDEN OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS; THE NIGHT IN QUESTION) was born on this day in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1945.

It's the birthday of Myanmar human rights activist and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize; she was born in Rangoon, Burma, in 1945.

It's the birthday Pauline Kael, longtime film critic for THE NEW YORKER, born in Petaluma, California, in 1919.

New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, who played every game from June 1, 1925 until May 2, 1939, was born on this day in New York City, in 1903.

It's the birthday of novelist and short-story writer Laura Hobson, best known for her novel GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, born on this day in New York City, in 1900.

Moe Howard, of the Three Stooges, was born on this day in Brooklyn, in 1897.

The first baseball game between organized teams playing by essentially modern rules took place on this day in 1846 at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey.

It's the birthday of mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal, born in Clermont-Ferrand, France, in 1623.

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