Sunday, July 22, 2007

On July 22, ...

... 1849, Emma Lazarus (right) was born in New York City to Moses Lazarus, a sugar refiner, and Esther Cardozo Lazarus. The trilingual poet's accomplishments merited a New York Times obituary upon her death in 1887. Curiously, the article omitted mention of the work for which she is now best known, "The New Colossus," a sonnet inscribed at the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Among its famous lines:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

... 1943, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) was born in Galveston, Texas.

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