Oct. 9, 1997

A Little Tooth

by Thomas Lux


Today's Reading: "A Little Tooth" by Thomas Lux from NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, published by Houghton Mifflin Co. (1997).

Today is Leif Ericson Day, honoring the Norwegian explorer credited with discovering Vinland, or North America.

The National Shrimp Festival starts today in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The World Beef Expo begins in Madison, Wisconsin, today.

In Oakland, Maryland, it's the Autumn Glory Festival with banjo and fiddle contests.

Eugene O'Neill's play THE ICEMAN COMETH opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York in 1946.

Actor and director Jacques Tati, who portrayed Monsieur Hulot in a series of films, was born in Pecq, France, in 1908.

Historian Bruce Catton, author of POTOMAC: MR. LINCOLN'S ARMY; GLORY ROAD; and A STILLNESS AT APPOMATTOX, was born in Petoskey, Michigan, in 1899.

The Washington Monument, designed by Robert Mills, was opened to the public in 1888.

Physicist Max von Laue, a Nobel laureate for his measurement of the wavelength of x-rays by their diffraction through the closely spaced atoms in a crystal, was born in Koblenz, Germany, in 1879.

"The father of the modern drugstore," Charles Rudolph Walgreen, was born near Galesburg, Illinois, in 1873.

Educator Francis Parker, a founder of progressive elementary schools in the United States, was born in Bedford, New Hampshire, in 1837.

In 1779 the Luddite riots began in Manchester, England, in reaction to the introduction of machinery for spinning cotton. The instigator was Ned Ludd, a workmen who thought that such automation would put people out of work.

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