Jul. 7, 1997

A Ritual to Read to Each Other

by William Stafford


Today's Reading:"A Ritual to Read to Each Other" by William Stafford from STORIES THAT COULD BE TRUE, published by Harper & Row (1977).

It's the birthday of pitching great Satchel Paige (Leroy Robert Paige), born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1906.

On this day in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies," founded their labor organization in Chicago. "Big Bill" Haywood was among the founders who helped turn the IWW into a revolutionary organization dedicated to gaining control of the means of production by the workers.

It's the birthday of painter Marc Chagall, born in Vitebsk, Russia, in 1887.

In 1853, after 250 years of isolation, Japan opened its doors to trade with the west. Commodore Matthew Perry convinced the current shogun that American ships should be allowed to trade in at least one port.

It was on this day in 1814 that Sir Walter Scott's novel WAVERLY, was published anonymously. Scott had feared his literary reputation as a poet would be harmed by being classed a novelist.

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