Jul. 10, 1997


by Charles Simic


Today's Reading:"Empires" by Charles Simic from A WEDDING IN HELL, published by Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994).

In 1943 the U.S. 7th Army, commanded by General George Patton, began its invasion of Sicily.

It was on this day in 1940 that the German Luftwaffe sent 70 planes to raid targets in southern Wales, beginning The Battle of Britain.

It's the birthday of songwriter Jerry Herman (HELLO, DOLLY!; MAME; LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), born in New York City on this day in 1933.

It's the birthday of short-story writer and novelist Alice Munro (OPEN SECRETS; LIVES OF GIRLS AND WOMEN; FRIEND OF MY YOUTH), born in Wingham, Canada, in 1931.

It's the birthday of broadcaster David Brinkley, born in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1920.

Jazz singer Ivie Anderson, who sang with Duke Ellington for eleven years, was born on this day in Gilroy, California, in 1905.

Wyoming became the 44th state on this day in 1890.

Educator Mary McLeod Bethune, was born on this day in Mayesville, South Carolina, in 1875.

It's the birthday of novelist Marcel Proust, born in Paris on this day in 1871. After his mother's death when he was 35, he secluded himself in his apartment and devoted the rest of his life to writing A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU (REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST).

It's the birthday of American-born painter James McNeill Whistler ("Arrangement in Grey and Black, Number 1: The Artist's Mother," popularly known as "Whistler's Mother"), born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1834.

French painter Camille Pissarro, was born on this day in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in 1830.

It's the birthday of Protestant reformer John Calvin, born in Noyon, Piccardy, France, in 1509.

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