Aug. 8, 1997

1644 Some one prepared this mighty show

by Emily Dickinson

288 I'm Nobody! Who are you?

by Emily Dickinson


Today's Reading:"Some one prepared this mighty show" and "I'm Nobody! Who are you?" by Emily Dickinson.

The Little League Baseball World series begins today in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Championships get underway in today in Columbia, Missouri.

On this day in 1974, Richard Nixon announced his resignation; the first U.S. president to resign from office.

In 1940 the German Luftwaffe began its daylight attacks on the British Isles, which continued through the end of October that year and came to be known as The Battle of Britain.

It's the birthday today of blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, born in Gurdon, Arkansas, in 1923.

Poet and librarian Philip Larkin was born on this day in Coventry, England, in 1922. About defining a poem he said, "It represents the mastering, even if just for a moment, of the pessimism and the melancholy, and enables you- you the poet, and you, the reader - to go on."

It's the birthday of jazz saxophonist Benny Carter, born in New York City, in 1907.

Physicist Ernest Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron, the first subatomic particle accelerator, was born in Canton, South Dakota, in 1901.

Writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE YEARLING, was born on this day in Washington, D.C., in 1896.

It's the birthday of poet Sara Teasdale, born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1884.

Mexican revolutionary and social reformer Emiliano Zapata, was born on this day in Anenecuilco, Mexico, in 1879.

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