Oct. 17, 1997


by Hilary Tham

FRIDAY 10/17

Today's Reading: "Jake" by Hilary Tham from PAPER BOATS, published by Three Continents Press (1987).

The worst earthquake in 82 years rocked the San Francisco Bay area in 1989, killing 67 people.

Fleeing Nazi Germany, scientist Albert Einstein arrived in the United States in 1933.

Columnist and novelist Jimmy Breslin was born in Jamaica, New York, in 1930.

Actress Rita Hayworth, who began her film career as a dancer, was born in Brooklyn in 1918.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller (DEATH OF A SALESMAN, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE), was born in New York City, in 1915.

Novelist and screenwriter Nathanael West, author of MISS LONELY HEARTS and THE DAY OF THE LOCUST, was born in New York City, in 1903.

Modern dance choreographer Doris Humphrey was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1895.

Painter and illustrator Childe Hassam, a leading American Impressionist, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1859.

Composer and pianist Frederic Chopin died of tuberculosis in Paris in 1849 at the age of 39.

Photographer Alexander Gardner, who documented the Civil War and later the American West, was born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1821.

The Revolutionary War took a dramatic turn on this day in 1777 when British General John Burgoyne surrendered to American General Horatio Gates at the Battle of Saratoga.

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