Jun. 28, 1997

A Backyard in California

by Hayden Carruth


Today's Reading:"A Backyard in California" by Hayden Carruth from COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS 1946-1991, published Copper Canyon Press.

The Monterey Blues Festival begins today at the fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

The Galesburg Railroad Days start today in Galesburg, Illinois.

In Lenexa, Kansas, the Kansas State Barbecue Championship starts today .

The Norskedalen's Midsummer Fest begins today in Coon Valley, Wisconsin.

It's the 50th birthday of novelist Mark Helprin (WINTER'S TALE) born in New York City in 1947.

Director Mel Brooks was born on this day in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, in 1926.

It was on this day in 1914 that World War I was precipitated by the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife Sophia.

It's the birthday of mystery writer Eric Ambler (THE DARK FRONTIER; UNCOMMON DANGER; JOURNEY INTO FEAR), born in London in 1909.

Physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer, who with two other scientists won the 1963 Nobel Prize for their explanation of the properties of atomic nuclei, was born in Kattowitz, Germany, in 1906.

It's the birthday of composer Richard Rodgers (OKLAHOMA; SOUTH PACIFIC; CAROUSEL), born in New York City in 1902.

It's the birthday of author Esther Forbes, best known for her novel JOHNNY TREMAIN: A NOVEL FOR YOUNG AND OLD (1943), born in Westborough, Massachusetts, in 1891.

Italian playwright and novelist Luigi Pirandello (SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR) was born on this day in Sicily in 1867.

Philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, whose central work, SOCIAL CONTRACT, influenced the French Revolution, was born in Geneva, Switzerland, on this day in 1712.

It's the birthday of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, born in Westphalia, [Germany], in 1577.

It's the birthday of English King Henry VIII, born in Greenwich on this day in 1491.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®




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