Witchflower Days

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Weekend and Monday.

Saturday, April 16 Birthday of the film maker and actor Charlie Chaplin, born in London (1889). A vaudeville actor in a comedy troupe, Chaplin was playing the role of a drunk when a film maker in the audience saw his act and asked him to come to Hollywood to be in movies. In Hollywood, Chaplin was... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 15, 2005

More than You Want to Know About Taxes and da Vinci

It's Tax Day in the United States, the day on which all of federal tax returns are due to the Internal Revenue Service. Taxation has a varied and world-wide history. Romans invented the census in order to more efficiently collect taxes from the entire empire. Egyptian pharaohs employed hundreds of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Webster's Dictionary, Lincoln Dies, and Black Sunday

Thursday, April 14 On this day in 1828, Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language. He grew up in America at a time when Americans from different states could barely understand each other, because they spoke with such different accents and even different languages.... Sign in to see full entry.

April 13 - Welty, Beckett, and Scrabble

Wednesday, April 13 Birthday of writer Eudora Welty, born in Jackson, MS (1909). Birthday of the playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett, born in a rich suburb of Dublin, Ireland called Foxrock (1906), author of Waiting for Godot (1952). Birthday of Irish poet Seamus Heaney, born in Mossbawn,... Sign in to see full entry.

April 12 - Ramona Quimby, Tom Clancy, Scott Turow, and Galileo

Tuesday, April 12 Birthday of children's book author Beverly Cleary, born in Yamhill, OR (1916). Her first book was Henry Huggins (1950) about a boy who tries to smuggle a dog onto a bus and keep him as his own, and it was a huge success. One of the minor characters in that book was a girl named... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Poets and Writers

Decided to try something a little different today, so quotations from a few of the people listed for today and yesterday are broken out in They Said It! in my Along the Writing Path blog. Hope you are entertained and edified! Birthday of religious poet Christopher Smart, born in Shipbourne, Kent,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 10: Golda Meir, Pulitzer, and Ben Hur

Sunday, April 10 On this day in 1974, Israeli prime minister Golda Meir resigned after five years in office, saying, "I have had enough." She went to say: "I became prime minister because that was how it was, in the same way that my milkman became an officer in command of a machine-gun squad in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 9, 2005

Happy Birthday, Tom, Hitler Invades, and Lee Surrenders

I dedicate today’s entry to the birthday of songwriter and satirist Tom Lehrer, born in New York City (1928). He has written many, many songs, including "The Old Dope Peddler," "The Vatican Rag," "We Will All Go Together When We Go," and, "We're Having Hanukkah in Santa Monica." Note: This is so... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 8, 2005

Kingsolver, McRae, and Stevenson Gives Up Engineering

Birthday of novelist and short-story writer Barbara Kingsolver, born in Annapolis, MD (1955), who grew up in rural Kentucky. Her first novel was The Bean Trees (1988). Other novels include Pigs in Heaven (1993), and The Poisonwood Bible (1998). Birthday of journalist Seymour Hersh, born in Chicago... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Blues Lady, the Everglades, Mistral, and Cumbria

Birthday of singer Billie Holiday, born Eleanora Fagan in Baltimore (1915), known for bringing a personal sense to her songs that was unknown in her time. Her apartment in the Bronx was always open to unemployed musicians, and she left a plate on the table that held money for food and subway fares.... Sign in to see full entry.

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