Calendar

So I skipped January’s calendar entirely this year, even though the Writing While Female Tour had a lovely reading at the fabulous landmark Greenwich Village branch of the superb New York Public Library that I should have told you about.  Let’s just blame that on an ongoing hangover from the holidays and start with February, shall we? Herewith, my annotated calendar of the birthdays of public figures.  I’m getting the listings from a very nice website, so I hope they will forgive me for being snarky toward them in some of my comments…

    Oct
    21
    Sun
    October 21, 1833 – Alfred Nobel, chemist, engineer, established Nobel Prizes
    Oct 21 all-day

    Oh, that’s where they got the name…

    Oct
    26
    Fri
    October 26, 1947 – Hillary Rodham Clinton, NY Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady, first female candidate for president
    Oct 26 all-day

    And one of my biggest heroes…

    Oct
    28
    Sun
    October 28, 1914 – Jonas Salk, physician, developed polio vaccine
    Oct 28 all-day

    And he refused to patent the vaccine, though it would have made him a fortune many times over; a tremendous mensch.