17th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1948 John Ritter (actor)

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Died:

1877 William Henry Fox Talbot (early pioneer in photography)

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On This Day:

1630 Formation of The City of Boston

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Gulls

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My townspeople, beyond in the great world,
are many with whom it were far more
profitable for me to live than here with you.
These whirr about me calling, calling!
and for my own part I answer them, loud as I can,
but they, being free, pass!
I remain! Therefore, listen!
For you will not soon have another singer.

First I say this: you have seen
the strange birds, have you not, that sometimes
rest upon our river in winter?
Let them cause you to think well then of the storms
that drive many to shelter. These things
do not happen without reason.

And the next thing I say is this:
I saw an eagle once circling against the clouds
over one of our principal churches—
Easter, it was—a beautiful day!
three gulls came from above the river
and crossed slowly seaward!
Oh, I know you have your own hymns, I have heard them—
and because I knew they invoked some great protector
I could not be angry with you, no matter
how much they outraged true music—

You see, it is not necessary for us to leap at each other,
and, as I told you, in the end
the gulls moved seaward very quietly.

– William Carlos Williams

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16th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1925 BB King (musician)

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Died:

1977 Marc Bolan (musician)

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On This Day:

1859 Lake Nyasa discovered by explorer David Livingstone

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The Yachts

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contend in a sea which the land partly encloses
shielding them from the too-heavy blows
of an ungoverned ocean which when it chooses

tortures the biggest hulls, the best man knows
to pit against its beatings, and sinks them pitilessly.
Mothlike in mists, scintillant in the minute

brilliance of cloudless days, with broad bellying sails
they glide to the wind tossing green water
from their sharp prows while over them the crew crawls

ant-like, solicitously grooming them, releasing,
making fast as they turn, lean far over and having
caught the wind again, side by side, head for the mark.

In a well guarded arena of open water surrounded by
lesser and greater craft which, sycophant, lumbering
and flittering follow them, they appear youthful, rare

as the light of a happy eye, live with the grace
of all that in the mind is feckless, free and
naturally to be desired. Now the sea which holds them

is moody, lapping their glossy sides, as if feeling
for some slightest flaw but fails completely.
Today no race. Then the wind comes again. The yachts

move, jockeying for a start, the signal is set and they
are off. Now the waves strike at them but they are too
well made, they slip through, though they take in canvas.

Arms with hands grasping seek to clutch at the prows.
Bodies thrown recklessly in the way are cut aside.
It is a sea of faces about them in agony, in despair

until the horror of the race dawns staggering the mind;
the whole sea become an entanglement of watery bodies
lost to the world bearing what they cannot hold. Broken,

beaten, desolate, reaching from the dead to be taken up
they cry out, failing, failing! their cries rising
in waves still as the skillful yachts pass over.

– William Carlos Williams

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15th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1890 Agatha Christie (novelist)

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Died:

1938 Thomas Wolfe (novelist)

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On This Day:

1948 F-86 Sabre sets the world speed record form an aircraft (1080 kph)

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Haymaking

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The living quality of
the man’s mind
stands out

and its covert assertions
for art, art, art!
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that the Renaissance
tried to absorb
but

it remained a wheat field
over which the
wind played

men with scythes tumbling
the wheat in
rows

the gleaners already busy
it was his own—
magpies

the patient horses no one
could take that
from him

– William Carlos Williams

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14th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1849 Ivan Pavlov (psychology pioneer – Pavlov’s Dog)

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Died:

1982 Grace Kelly (actress and Princess of Monaco)

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On This Day:

1968 News and current affairs program “60 Minutes” is first broadcast

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