Jul. 20, 1997

A Short History of Tobacco

by Dana Gioia


Today's Reading:"A Short History of Tobacco" from Dana Gioia from DAILY HOROSCOPE, published by Graywolf Press (1986).

The 87th annual Saint Ann's Italian Street Festival begins today in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Adolph Hitler narrowly escaped a bombing at his headquarters in Rastenburg, German, in 1944, when a bomb was left in a briefcase under the conference room table.

It's the birthday today of artist Judy Chicago, born in Chicago, on this day in 1939.

It's the birthday of novelist Cormac McCarthy (ALL THE PRETTY HORSES), born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1933.

Explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on this day in 1919.

The Riot Act took effect today in 1715 in England, stating that if 12 or more people were gathered unlawfully the group would be read the Act by an official person, and arrested if they did not disperse.

The Spanish Armada set sail from Corunna today in 1588, sent by King Philip II of Spain to invade England.

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