Sep. 15, 1997

Little Orphan Annie

by James Whitcomb Riley

MONDAY  9/15

Today's Reading:  "Little Orphan Annie" by James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916).

Today is observed as Battle of Britain Day, marking the end of the heaviest bombing raid by the German Luftwaffe, in 1940.

It's the anniversary of the founding of Greenpeace in 1971.

Film director and screenwriter Oliver Stone (PLATOON; BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY; JFK) was born in New York City in 1946.

Soprano Jesse Norman was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1945.

Singer and pianist Bobby Short was born in Danville, Illinois, in 1926.

Armored tanks were introduced into warfare by the British in 1916, on the Somme in France, during World War I.

Film director Jean Renoir (GRAND ILLUSION; THE RULES OF THE GAME) was born in Paris, in 1894.

Poet and novelist Claude McKay, a leading light of the Harlem Renaissance, was born in Sunny Ville, Jamaica, in 1890.

Mystery writer Agatha Christie, creator of eccentric sleuth Miss Jane Marple, was born in Torquay, England, in 1890.

Humorist Robert Benchley was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1889.

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