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Roman Philosopher and Statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero
[106 B.C. - Marcus Cicero, Roman orator,
statesman, born in Arpinum, Italy]

Activist Lucretia Mott
[1793 - Lucretia Mott, minister, abolitionist, women's
rights activist, born in Nantucket, Massachusetts]

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RPI West Hall
[1825 - Rensselaer School, (now Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), first U.S. engineering college, opens in
Troy, New York.]

Meiji Restoration painting of ships in harbor
[1868 - Meiji Restoration takes place in Japan]

Writer J.R.R. Tolkien    Tolkien's Lord of Rings novel
[1892 - J.R.R.(John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien, writer, born at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State
(now Free State Province, South Africa)]

Actress Marion Davies
[1897 - Marion (Cecilia Douras) Davies,
actress, born in Brooklyn]

Actor Ray Milland    Actor Ray Milland
[1907 - Ray Milland (Alfred Roger Jones), Academy Award-winning actor, born in Neath, Wales]

Comedian Victor Borge
[1909 - Victor Borge (Borge Rosenbaum), pianist,
comedian, born in Copenhagen, Denmark]

Civil Rights Activist Joseph Rauh
[1911 - Joseph Rauh, civil rights activist,
born in Cincinnati, Ohio]

Movie Director John Sturges
[1911 - John Sturges, director,
born in Oak Park, Illinois]

Actress Betty Furness
[1916 - Betty (Elizabeth Mary) Furness, actress,
TV personality, born in New York City]

Actor John Russell
[1921 - John (William Lawrence) Russell,
actor, born in Los Angeles]

William's Third Law of Social Engineering

Every attempt at social engineering is accompanied by an equivalent and contrary unintended consequence.

Poor William's Whimsical Words:

Please don't ask what the first two laws are, as I have yet to discover them.

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