Aug. 2, 1997

Crossing Kansas by Train

by Donald Justice


Today's Reading:"Crossing Kansas by Train" by Donald Justice from A DONALD JUSTICE READER: SELECTED POETRY & PROSE, published by University Press of New England.

The New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair begins today in Newbury at Mount Sunapee State Park.

The Virginia Highlands Festival, an Appalachian cultural heritage celebration, starts today in Abingdon.

It's the birthday of writer James Fallows, editor of U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, born in Philadelphia in 1949.

English novelist and short-story writer Rose Tremain (THE COLONEL'S DAUGHTER) was born on this day in London, in 1943.

It's the birthday of author Isabel Allende (THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS), born in Lima, Peru, in 1942.

Author James Baldwin (GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN; GIOVANNI'S ROOM; NOTES OF A NATIVE SON), was born on this day in New York City, in 1924.

Wild Bill Hickok was shot on this day in 1876 while playing poker in a Deadwood saloon in Dakota territory.

It's the birthday of artist John French Sloan, painter of scenes in New York City including "Backyards, Greenwich Village," born on this day in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, in 1871.

Scholar Irving Babbitt, who led the movement in literary criticism known as "New Humanism," was born on this day in Dayton, Ohio, in 1865.

British physicist John Tyndall, the first scientist to show why the sky is blue, was born on this day in Leighlin Bridge, Ireland, in 1820.

The Declaration of Independence was signed on this day in 1776, the signing on July 4 had been only on draft copies.

Architect and engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who designed the first capitol and also the plans for Washington, D.C., was born on this day in Paris, in 1754.

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