October 20

Amber pages

Old Billingsgate Market, on the Thames

Sir Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect, born today in 1632

Arthur Rimbaud, French poet, born today in 1854 (see also July 10 and October 8)

Charles Ives, US composer, born today in 1874

The 49th parallel established as the border between US and Canada, today in 1818

And one of the most despicable of all the many despicable events that comprise American history, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened its hearings today in 1947, Senator Joe MacCarthy in the Chair; and that is all that I intend to say here on this subject. The light, on this occasion, is stopped on red (save just that one name, which, as you can see, has been black-listed).

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