Jun. 25, 1997

What the Gypsies Told My Grandmother While She Was Still a Young Girl

by Charles Simic


Today's Reading:"What the Gypsies Told My Grandmother While She Was Still a Young Girl" by Charles Simic from WALKING THE BLACK CAT, published by Harcourt Brace and Co. (1996).

It was on this day in 1950 that the Korean War broke out when North Korea invaded South Korea.

It's the birthday of astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle, who, with two colleagues, announced in 1948 the steady state theory of the universe in which the expansion of the universe and the continuous creation of matter were held to be interdependent; he was born in Bingley, England, in 1915

It's the birthday of feminist and suffragist Crystal Eastman, born in Elmira, New York, in 1881, who said, " When women were expected to be agile, the became agile; when they were expected to be brave, they developed courage·"

It's the anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, when Lt. Colonel George Custer lead 200 men in an attack against the Sioux Indians near Little Bighorn River in Montana.

It was on this day in 1903 that Marie Curie announced her discovery of radium.

It's the birthday of English novelist Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell (ANIMAL FARM; 1984), born on this day in Bengal, India, in 1903.

It was on this day in Paris in 1857 that Gustave Flaubert went on trial for public immorality regarding his novel MADAME BOVARY.

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