Dec. 14, 1997

The Seven Ages of Man

by William Shakespeare

SUNDAY 12/14

Today's Reading: "The Seven Ages of Man" by William Shakespeare, lines from AS YOU LIKE IT.

Novelist and short-story writer Shirley Jackson, author of WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE and LIFE AMONG SAVAGES, was born in San Francisco in 1916.

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and four others discovered the South Pole on this day in 1911.

German physicist Max Planck unveiled his revolutionary Quantum Theory on this day in 1900.

English art critic Roger Fry, a champion of the Postimpressionism, a movement which he named, was born in London in 1866.

George Washington died at the age of 67 on this day in 1799 at his Mount Vernon estate.

Civil engineer John Bloomfield Jervis, in charge of building a section of the Erie Canal and also responsible for New York City's first water-supply system, was born in Huntington, New York in 1795.

Astronomer Tycho Brahe, who before the invention of the telescope established the position of nearly 800 stars, was born in Knudstrup, Denmark in 1546.

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