Sep. 30, 1997

Wife Hits Moose

by Thomas Lux


Today's Reading: "Wife Hits Moose" by Thomas Lux from NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, published by Houghton Mifflin Co. (1997).

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Jerome, patron saint of scholars and librarians.

In 1962 James Meredith became the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi.

Actor James Dean was killed in a car crash in 1955 while driving his Porsche on his way to enter it in a race in Salinas, California.

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from a crisis conference in Germany in 1938 to a cheering crowd at the airport, after signing the Munich Pact that surrendered the Sudentenland to Germany.

George Gershwin's opera PORGY AND BESS opened at the Colonial Theatre in Boston in 1935.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin (THE CARRIER OF LADDERS) was born in New York City in 1927.

Writer Truman Capote (BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S; IN COLD BLOOD), was born in New Orleans in 1924. "Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the yard and shot it."

Violinist David Oistrakh was born in Odessa, in the Ukraine, in 1908.

The first anesthetized tooth extraction was performed by Dr. William Morton, in Charleston, Massachusetts, in 1846.

Mozart's opera THE MAGIC FLUTE was first performed in Vienna in 1791.

The first execution in America took place in 1630 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, when a man was hanged for having shot another man following a quarrel.

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