Nov. 7, 1997

Good Hot Dogs

by Sandra Cisneros


Today's Reading: "Good Hot Dogs" by Sandra Cisneros from MY WICKED WICKED WAYS, published by Alfred A. Knopf (1989) and Third Woman Press.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt defeated Thomas Dewey on this day in 1944, becoming the only president elected to four terms.

Singer, songwriter Joni Mitchell was born in McLeod, Alberta, in 1943.

Danish writer, poet, and jazz musician Benny Andersen was born in Copenhagen in 1929.

Biologist Norton David Zinder, who discovered genetic transduction---the transfer of hereditary material from one strain of microorganism to another via a bacterial virus, was born in New York City in 1928.

Opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland, the world's premier coloratura soprano during the 1960s and 70s, was born in Sydney in 1926.

Evangelist Billy Graham was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1918.

The Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, took power in Russia in 1917, seizing the government from Prime Minister Alexander Kerensky without a shot being fired.

French writer Albert Camus was born in Mondovi, Algeria, in 1913.

Zoologist Konrad Lorenz, a pioneer in the study of animal behavior who theorized that all animal behavior is based on adaptive evolution, was born in Vienna, in 1903.

Physicist Mare Curie, winner of two Nobel Prizes for the discovery of radioactivity and for isolating pure radium, was born in Warsaw, in 1867.

In 1805 on this day Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who had been on the road for two and a half years, caught sight of the Pacific Ocean as they traveled by canoe down the Columbia River in Oregon.

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