January 28

Amber pages

1807: First street to be lighted by gas lamps (Pall Mall, London); I am sitting in a Pret A Manger on Pall Mall, right where it becomes Trafalgar Square, as I write this, the National Gallery on my left, Canada House in front of me, and not a gas light left anywhere, the whole place lit up by sodium lights 

1871: France surrendered in the Franco-Prussian War

1890: Prudence Crandall, teacher... no, that is not sufficient: pioneering educator, the first white person, male or female, to take a stand for the education of "black people", and boy did they hate her and ruin her for daring to do so... her death today, and much more on her in my novel "A Journey In Time".

And I don't like doing death-days, as noted elsewhere, unless the death was itself in some way significant; birth-days are much better.


Jose Marti, the third great figure behind the Cuban revolution (the Castro brothers of course the other two), born today in 1853

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, French novelist, born today in 1873

Arthur Rubinstein, pianist, composer, conductor, born today in 1889

Jackson Pollock, artist of the aesthetic cardiogram, born today in 1912

Susan Sontag, human being, person of outstanding intelligence, writer, born today in 1933

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