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Daily Video for June 3 – Allen Ginsberg, Beat Poet, born

TODAY IN HISTORY…

The Birth Of Allen Ginsberg and Beat Poetry

One of the original Beat poets, Allen Ginsberg was born on this date in 1926.

Beat poetry was a literary movement born in the 1940s and 1950s and a disillusion with the world after the horrors of the Second World War.  Poets sought to write in what they considered to be an authentic and spontaneous, and very nontraditional, style — “first thought, best though” was the mantra and poems took on a stream of consciousness style most times, and were often read aloud to give the full effect of the message.

Check out these videos that give a short history of Beat poetry and feature Allen Ginsberg reading one of his most famous works, “Howl”:

On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 28, 2020!

APRIL 28, 2020

Today is:


Great Poetry Reading Day — Coming at the end of National Poetry Month, today is the day for everyone to read poetry — whether to each other, to ourselves, or just out loud for the whole world to hear!

National Blueberry Pie Day — Nothing more needs to be said — one of the most popular pies out there gets its own day!

National Superhero Day — Whether they be fictional superheroes, or those you consider a superhero in real life, today is their day!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) — American politician, statesman and diplomat.  5th President of the United States.
OSKAR SCHINDLER (1908-1974) — German businessman credited with saving over 1,200 Jews who worked in his factory from the Holocaust.  Subject of the film Schindler’s List.
HARPER LEE  (1926-2016) — American novelist (To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman)
SIR TERRY PRATCHETT (1948-2015) — English satirist, humorist, and fantasy novelist (Discworld series)
JAY LENO (1950) — American writer, comedian, & former late-night television show host (The Tonight Show).
ELENA KAGAN  (1960) — American jurist; Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
JORGE GARCIA (1973) — American actor and comedian.  (LOST, Hawaii Five-O)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1788Maryland ratifies the US Constitution, the 7th state to do so.
1789 – The Mutiny on the HMS Bounty — Captain William Bligh and 18 crew loyal to him ate set adrift in the South Pacific.
1952 – The Treaty of San Francisco comes into effect, restoring Japan’s sovereignty and ending its state of war with the World War II Allies.
1973 – Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon reaches #1 on the US Billboard chart and will remain there for a record-setting 741 consecutive weeks.