Aug. 22, 1997


by Catherine Fisher


Today's Reading: "Words" by Catherine Fisher from THE UNEXPLORED OCEAN, published by Poetry Wales Press (1994).

The Alaska State Fair starts today in Palmer, Alaska.

The conflict in Viet Nam began in 1945 when a team of Free French parachuted into southern Indo-China, in response to a successful coup by Communist guerrilla Ho Chi Minh.

Writer E. Annie Proulx (POSTCARDS; THE SHIPPING NEWS), was born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1935.

Science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury (THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES; FAHRENHEIT 451) was born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1920.

Blues singer John Lee Hooker was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1917.

Leonardo da Vinci's painting, MONA LISA, was stolen from the Louvre in Paris by an angry Italian house painter in 1911.

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was born in Chanteloup, France, in 1908.

Writer and humorist Dorothy Parker, one of the founders of the Algonquin Round Table, was born in West End, New Jersey, in 1893.

Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, who fled the Nazis in France and arrived in New York with just $20 to his name, was born in Druskieniki, Lithuania, in 1891.

Cartoonist George Herriman, creator of the KRAZY KAT strip, was born in New Orleans in 1880.

The inventor of the pressure cooker, Denis Papin, was born in Blois, France, in 1647.

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