Aug. 7, 1997

1593 There came a Wind like a Bugle --

by Emily Dickinson


Today's Reading:"There came a Wind like a Bugle" by Emily Dickinson.

The 70th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival begins today in Asheville, North Carolina.

The 97th annual Hobo Convention begins today in Britt, Iowa.

In Skowhegan, Maine, the ten-day Skowhegan State Fairs begins today.

The country's first offensive battle of World War II took place in 1942 when the U.S. Marines landed on Guadalcanal.

It's the birthday of jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1936.

In 1934 the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled that the government could neither ban nor confiscate James Joyce's novel ULYSSES.

Filmmaker Nicholas Ray (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE; JOHNNY GUITAR), was born on this day in Galesville, Wisconsin, in 1911.

It's the birthday of American diplomat Ralph Johnson Bunche, born in Detroit, in 1904.

Kenyan archeologist and anthropologist Louis Leakey was born on this day in Kabete, Kenya, in 1903.

It's the birthday of actress Billy Burke, remembered for her role as the good fairy Glinda in the film THE WIZARD OF OZ, born in Washington, D.C., in 1885.

It's the birthday of chemist Germain Henri Hess, who announced in 1840 the law of constant heat summation, also known as Hess's Law, born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1802.

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