Jul. 28, 1997

Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord, If I Contend

by Gerard Manley Hopkins


Today's Reading:"Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord, If I Contend" by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

The 100th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days begin in Cheyenne, Wyoming, today.

Today is the 56th birthday of Riccardo Muti, current director of La Scala, born in Naples, Italy, in 1941.

It's the birthday today of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Ashbery (SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVICT'S MIRROR), born in Rochester, New York, in 1927.

It's the birthday of research physician Baruch Blumberg, who discovered the antigen that makes the detection of hepatitis B in blood donors possible, born in New York City, in 1927.

It was on this day in 1914 that Austria declared war on Serbia, marking the beginning of World War I.

It's the birthday of the founder of Tupperware, Earl Silas Tupper, born in Berlin, New Hampshire, in 1907.

Poet and novelist Kenneth Fearing (THE BIG CLOCK), was born on this day in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1902.

It's the birthday of French artist Marcel Duchamp, who shocked his generation with such works as 'Nude Descending a Staircase,' born in Normandy, in 1887.

It's the birthday of poet and Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins, whose poetry was rarely read during his lifetime. He was born in Stratford, England, in 1844.

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