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Demographer Thomas Robert Malthus    Malthus Population Essay
[1766 - Thomas Robert Malthus, economist, demographer, born at Dorking, Surrey, England]

Admiral David Dixon Porter
[1891 - David Dixon Porter, Rear Admiral, USN, dies at age 77]

Artist Grant Wood    Grant Wood's American Gothic
[1892 - Grant Wood, artist, born in Anamosa, Iowa]

[1914 - American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers (ASCAP) founded in New York City]

Golf Champ Patty Berg    Golf Champ Patty Berg with trophy
[1918 - Patricia Jane 'Patty' Berg, golf champion, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota]

Scenic Designer Oliver Smith
[1918 - Oliver Smith, Broadway scenic designer, born in Waupun, Wisconsin]

Singer Tennessee Ernie Ford
[1919 - Tennessee Ernie (Ernest Jennings) Ford,
singer, born in Bristol, Tennessee]

Actor Oliver Reed    Actor Oliver Reed
[1938 - (Robert) Oliver Reed, actor, born in London]

Dresden bombing
[1945 - British & Allied bombers drop incendiaries and high-explosive bombs on Dresden, Germany]

Undefeated Heavyweight Rocky Marciano
[1952 - Rocky Marciano defeats Lee Savold for 39th straight win]

Alexander Solzhenitsyn    Alexander Solzhenitsyn - his first book
[1974 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, dissident, writer (Nobel Prize), expelled from USSR]

Hummingbird Brains Hummingbird and Flower

The hummingbird and bumblebee,
Hover to feed when they fly, you see.
A sage once proved they couldn't do it.
But they declined to eschew it.

Now when I sit out in my garden,
Without a single "beg your pardon,"
They flitter, flit, and hover so,
Nor ask permission whence they go.

Illiterate bird and insect dunce,
You have not read my study once.
How will you profit from my knowledge,
When your heads are filled with porridge?

Get thee hence, insolent creatures.
Why won't you listen to your teachers?
If you persist in this behavior,
Neither man nor God will be your savior.

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