Dec. 19, 1997

Big World, Little Man

by William Stafford

FRIDAY 12/19

Today's Reading: "Big World, Little Man" by William Stafford from EVEN IN QUIET PLACES, published by Confluence Press.

THE MUSIC MAN opened on this day in 1957 at the Majestic Theatre in New York.

Detroit Tiger right-fielder, Al Kaline, was born in Baltimore on this day in 1934.

It's the birthday of the legendary French singer Edith Piaf, the "little sparrow," born in Paris in 1915.

Writer Jean Genet (THE BALCONY; THE BLACKS) was born on this day in Paris, 1910.

Shakespearean actor Ralph Richardson was born on this day in Cheltenham, England, 1902.

Constance Garnett, translator of some 70 volumes of Russian literature into English, was born on this day in Brighton, England, 1861.

It's the birthday of British naval officer and Arctic explorer, William Edward Parry, born in Bath, England, 1790.

The first of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" essays was issued on this day in 1776. It began with the famous line: "These are the times that try men's soulsΣ"

On this day in 1732, Benjamin Franklin began publishing POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAC.

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