Oct. 30, 1997


Today's Reading:  "#97" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti from AFAR ROCKAWAY OF THE HEART, published by New Directions.

On this evening in 1938 millions of listeners heard Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre version of H.G. Wells' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, many believing that it was an actual newscast about the invasion of martians.

In 1905 the czar of Russia issued the October Manifesto, granting civil liberties and elections in an attempt to avert the burgeoning support for the revolution.

Poet Ezra Pound, who promoted the careers of many writers including Robert Frost, James Joyce and T.S. Eliot, was born in Hailey, Idaho, in 1885.

Poet and essayist Paul Valery, was born in Sete, France, in 1871.

Novelist Gertrude Atherton was born in San Francisco in 1857.

Landscape painter Alfred Sisley was born in Paris in 1839.

Oberlin Collegiate Institute in Lorian County, Ohio, became the first college in the U.S. to admit women students in 1838.

Playwright Richard Sheridan, who wrote such comic plays as THE RIVALS and THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, was born in Dublin in 1751.

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