Oct. 24, 1997

This Moment

by Eavan Boland

FRIDAY 10/24

Today's Reading: "This Moment" by Eavan Boland from IN A TIME OF VIOLENCE, published by W.W. Norton & Co.

The Longhorn World Championship Rodeo begins today in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Pioneer and Indian Festival takes place today in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

The Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival starts today at Strawberry Hill in Richmond, Virginia.

It's the anniversary of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act which established the 40-hour work week.

Composer George Henry Crumb, whose work is known for its wide range of instrumental and vocal effects, such as hissing, whispering, tongue clicking and shouting, was born in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1929.

It's the anniversary of Black Thursday in 1929 when the New York Stock Exchange collapsed.

Poet Denise Levertov was born in Essex, England, in 1923.

Bluesman Sonny Terry was born in Greensboro, Georgia, in 1911.

Playwright Moss Hart, who with George S. Kaufman wrote YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU and THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, was born in New York City, in 1904.

Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901.

In 1897 the first comic strip appeared in the Sunday color supplement of the NEW YORK JOURNAL, called the 'Yellow Kid.'

The transcontinental telegraph line was completed in 1861, putting the Pony Express out of business.

Naturalist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, who for a hobby ground lenses and used them to observe things such as blood cells and other tiny organisms, was born in Delft, Holland, in 1632.

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