Aug. 18, 1997

The Tables Turned

by William Wordsworth


Today's Reading: "The Tables Turned" by William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

The West Michigan Fair begins today in Ludington, Michigan.

In Douglas, Wyoming, the Wyoming State Fair gets underway.

The film, THE WIZARD OF OZ starring Judy Garland, opened in New York City in 1939; MGM had originally wanted Shirley Temple to play the role of Dorothy.

Virologist Luc Montagnier, who discovered the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, was born in Chabris, France, 1932.

Blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon was born in Gurdon, Arkansas, 1923.

French writer and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet, was born in Brest, France, 1922.

Italian writer Elsa Morante (HISTORY: A NOVEL) was born in Rome in 1918.

In 1914 Germany declared war on Russia in the first world war, the same day that President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality.

Adolph Ochs took over THE NEW YORK TIMES in 1898, saying that his aim was to give "the news, all the news, in concise and attractive form, in language that is permissiable in good society, and give it early, if not earlier, than it can be learned through any other medium."

Poet and artist William Blake and Catherine Sophia Boucher were married in 1782.

American explorer Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark, was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, in 1774.

The first child of English parents was born in America in 1587, Virginia Dare, on Roanoke Island, North Carolina.

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