Aug. 4, 1997


by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Today's Reading:"Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822).

It was on this day in 1944 that Anne Frank and seven other Jews were discovered by Nazis in the hidden room where they had spent 728 days.

World War I began on this day in 1914 when England declared war on Germany, after Germany had violated Belgium's neutrality.

Legendary jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong was born on this day in New Orleans, in 1901. Once asked to define jazz, he replied, "Man, if you gotta ask, you'll never know."

It's the birthday of writer W.W. Hudson (GREEN MANSIONS), born to American parents in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1841.

It's the birthday of English critic, essayist and humanist Walter Pater, who argued that art exists for the sake of its beauty, the principle doctrine of the movement known as Aestheticism; born in London, in 1839.

Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley ("Prometheus Unbound") was born on this day in Field Place, Sussex, England, in 1792.

It's the birthday of the man who developed the method on which the manufacture of modern pencils is based, Nicolas-Jacques Conte, in Aunou-sur-Orne, France, 1755.

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