Jul. 19, 1997

The Pleasure Boat

by Richard Henry Dana


Today's Reading:"The Pleasure Boat" by Richard Henry Dana (1787-1879).

The moon enters its full phase today at 11:20 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, known this month as the Hay Moon or Giant Cactus Moon.

The six-week Salzburg Festival opens tonight with Mendelssohn's oratorio ELIJAH in Salzburg, Austria.

It's the birthday today of former Senator George McGovern, born in Avon, South Dakota, in 1922.

It's the birthday of journalist Edgar Snow, who produced the most important Western reporting on the Communist movement before it achieved power in China, born on this day in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1905.

It's the birthday of Scottish novelist Dr. A.J. Cronin (THE CITADEL; THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM), born in Cardoss, Dumbarton, in 1896.

It's the birthday of Vldaimir Mayakovsky, the leading poet of the Russian Revolution and early Soviet period, born in Bagdadi, Russia, in 1893.

Charles Horace Mayo, the American surgeon, who with his brother Will, founded the Mayo Clinic, was born on this day in Rochester, Minnesota, 1865.

It's the birthday of the American Sunday-school teacher Lizzie Borden, in 1860, who was accused of murdering her father and step- mother after a family dispute.

The first women's rights assembly began on this day in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York.

It's the birthday of the French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas, born in Paris, in 1834.

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