Jun. 24, 1997

Oh, the Wild joys of Living

by Robert Browning


Today's Reading:"Oh, the Wild Joys of Living" by Robert Browning.

It was on this day in 1948 that the Berlin airlift began as the Allies flew food and supplies to Berliners after the Soviets had blockaded the city.

It's the birthday of director Claude Chabrol (THE COUSINS; THE GOOD WOMAN; MADAME BOVARY), part of New Wave of French filmmakers in the late 1950s; born in Sardent, France, in 1930.

It's the birthday of poet John Ciardi, born in Boston on this day in 1916.

Composer Harry Partch was born on this day in Oakland, California, in 1901.

Physicist Victor Francis Hess, who, along with Carl Anderson, discovered cosmic rays, was born on this day in Waldstein, Austria, in 1883.

It's the birthday of humorist and short-story writer Ambrose Gwinett Bierce, born in Meigs County, Ohio, on this day in 1842. He disappeared during the Mexican Revolution and was never seen again.

Clergyman Henry Ward Beecher was born on this day in Litchfield, Connecticut, in 1813, and remembered for his dying words, " Now comes the mystery."

Margaret Brent, known as America's first feminist, demanded a voice and vote for herself in the Maryland colonial assembly on this day in 1647. She was the first woman to own property in Maryland.

It was on this day in 1497 that John Cabot sailed into Maine, 35 days after leaving England, on a mission from King Henry VII who called on him to discover and possess land " unknown to all Christians."

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