Aug. 13, 1997

You are young. So you know everything. (from West Wind)

by Mary Oliver


Today's Reading:"You are young. So you know everything." by Mary Oliver from her poem "West Wind" from WEST WIND, published by Houghton Miflin Co. (1997).

Early in the morning in 1961, East Germany closed the border between East and West Berlin with a barbed-wire fence to prevent East German citizens from fleeing to the West.

Big Mama Thornton made the first recording of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's "Hound Dog" in 1952.

Cuban president Fidel Castro, who once contemplated a career in major league baseball, was born in Mayari, Cuba, in 1927.

Two-time Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Frederick Sanger, who determined the structure of the insulin molecule, was born in Rendcombe, Gloucestershire, England, in 1918.

German engineer Felix Wankel, inventor of the Wankel rotary engine, which uses an orbiting rotor to do the work performed by pistons in conventional engines, was born in Lahr, Germany, in 1902.

Director Alfred Hitchcock (REBECCA; REAR WINDOW; PSYCHO; NORTH BY NORTHWEST) was born in London, in 1899.

Comedian Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ, was born in New York City, in 1895.

The first complete performance of Wagner's DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN took place in 1876 in Bayreuth.

Sharpshooter and Wild West show performer Annie Oakley was born in Darke County, Ohio, in 1860.

Social reformer and educator Felix Adler, founder of the Ethical Movement in New York City, was born in Alzey, Germany, in 1851.

Engineer, writer and amateur musicologist George Grove, editor of GROVE'S DICTIONARY OF MUSIC AND MUSICIANS, was born in London, in 1820.

The inventor of the clarinet, Johann Christoph Denner, was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1655.

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