Oct. 29, 1997

Evening in Autumn

by Henry Green


Today's Reading:  "Evening in Autumn" by Henry Green from SURVIVING, published by Viking (1993).

Maria Callas made her American debut in NORMA at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1956.

The first ball-point pen was sold by Gimbell's department store in New York in 1945, at a price of $12.

The U.S. stockmarket crashed on this day in 1929, known as Black Tuesday, signaling the start of the Great Depression.

English philosopher A.J.Ayer was born in London in 1910.

Novelist Henry Green, author of LIVING and PARTY GOING, was born near Tewkesbury, England, in 1905.

Comedian, singer and actress Fanny Brice, a star of the Ziegeld Follies, was born in New York City in 1891.

French novelist, playwright and essayist Jean Giraudoux, was born in Bellac, France, in 1882.

Mozart's opera DON GIOVANNI had its premier on this day in 1787 in Prague.

Lawyer and biographer James Boswell, famous for the biography of his friend, Dr. Samuel Johnson, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1740.

English seafarer Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded in London in 1618, sentenced to death by King James I, who mistakenly suspected him of taking part in a treasonous plot against him.

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