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The Boston Masacre
[1770 - British sentries at the Boston Customs House shoot into a rioting crowd, killing five civilians]

Sailor and Martyr Crispus Attucks
[1770 - An African-American sailor in the crowd, Crispus Attucks, was the first to fall dead]

Writer Sholem Aleichem    Writer Sholem Aleichem    Writer Sholem Aleichem Statue in Kiev
[1859 - Sholem Aleichem (Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich), author, playwright, born in Pereyaslav (near Kiev), Russian Empire]

Actor Rex Harrison    Actor Rex Harrison
[1908 - Rex (Reginald Carey) Harrison, Academy Award-winning actor, born in Huyton,
Lancashire, England]

Actor Jack Cassidy    Actor Jack Cassidy    Actor Jack Cassidy
[1927 - Jack (John Joseph Edward) Cassidy, actor, born in Richmond Hill, New York]

Sir Winston Churchill
[1946 - Winston Churchill delivers 'Iron Curtain' speech
at Fulton, Missouri]

Singer Andy Gibb    Singer Andy Gibb
[1958 - Andy (Andrew Roy) Gibb, singer, born in Manchester, England]

Nothing Special

A wise and dear mentor, the Roshi Hogen, once sent william his favorite poem:


The Waves of the Setsu River

Mount Ro and the misty rains
and the waves of the River Setsu;
Before I had been there, my thousand
longings never ceased.
Then I went -- and came back;
Nothing Special.
Mount Ro and the misty rains
and the waves of the River Setsu.

Sotoba (Su Tung-p'o)
11th Century Poet

Sotoba poem

William's Whimsical Words:

I have not been to Mount Ro,
But I have felt its misty rains on my cheek.
I have not visited the River Setsu,
But, thanks to you, I have heard the rippling of its waves.

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