Jul. 27, 1997

Thanks for Remembering Us

by Dana Gioia


Today's Reading:"Thanks for Remembering Us" by Dana Gioia from DAILY HOROSCOPE, published by Graywolf Press (1986).

The 24th Annual Faulkner Conference begins today at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

The 1953 Korean armistice was signed on this day, ending three years of war.

Indian novelist Bharati Mukherjee (THE MIDDLEMAN AND OTHER STORIES) was born on this day in Calcutta, in 1940.

It's the birthday of Irish poet Michael Longley, born in Belfast, in 1939.

English novelist David Hughes (THE HORSEHAIR SOFA; THE MAN WHO INVENTED TOMORROW) was born in this day in Alton, Hampshire, in 1930.

On this day in 1921, Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolated insulin at the University of Toronto.

In 1909 Orville Wright set a world record by staying aloft in an airplane over Fort Myer, Virginian, for one hour, 12 minutes, and 40 seconds.

It's the birthday of Joseph Mitchell, longtime writer at THE NEW YORKER magazine, born on this day in Iona, North Carolina, in 1908.

It's the birthday of French writer Hilaire Belloc (CAUTIONARY TALES), born in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France, 1870.

Scottish writer Thomas Campbell (THE PLEASURES OF HOPE), was born on this day in Glasgow, in 1777.

It was on this day in 1586 that Sir Walter Raleigh returned to England from Virginia, bringing with him the first tobacco.

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




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