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Bust of Michelangelo by Prati    Michelangelo - his Pieta sculpture    Michelangelo self-portrait
[1475 - Michelangelo Buonarroti, Renaissance artist, born in Caprese, Florence, Italy]

Cyrano De Bergerac    Soldier & Writer Cyrano De Bergerac
[1619 - Savien Cyrano De Bergerac, soldier, poet, author, born in Paris]

Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning    Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning
[1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet, born in London, England]

The Alamo
[1836 - General Santa Anna recaptures the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, ending a 13-day siege]

[1857 - US Supreme Court rules in favor of slavery in Dred Scott case]

Writer Ring Lardner    Reporter Ring Lardner
[1885 - Ring (Ringgold Wilmer) Lardner, sports reporter, writer, born in Niles, Michigan]

Pitcher Lefty Grove    Lefty Grove HoF plaque    Pitcher Lefty Grove
[1900 - Robert Moses 'Lefty' Grove, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born in Lonaconing, Maryland]

King of Swing Bob Wills    Bob Wills on his horse Clover
[1905 - James Robert 'Bob' Wills, musician, composer, bandleader, born near Kosse, Texas]

Comedian Lou Costello    Comedian Lou Costello Portrait
[1906 - Lou Costello (Louis Francis Cristillo), comedian, actor, born in Paterson, New Jersey]

Announcer Ed McMahon    TV Personality Ed McMahon
[1923 - Ed (Edward Leo Peter) McMahon, announcer, sidekick, born in Detroit, Michigan]

Jazz Guitarist Wes Montgomery    Jazz Guitarist Wes Montgomery    Jazz Guitarist Wes Montgomery
[1925 - Wes (John Leslie) Montgomery, jazz musician, composer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana]

Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper   Gordon Cooper
[1927 - (Leroy) Gordon Cooper, astronaut, born in Shawnee, Oklahoma]

Success #1

The comment that "eighty percent of success is just showing up" is usually attributed to Woody Allen. Woody was spot on. Of the remainder, about fifteen percent is dogged persistence in pursuit of the goal, with the balance being made up of talent, ability, intelligence, hard work, integrity, and other intangibles.

William's Whimsical Words:

Of course the truly successful person is prepared to trade any or all of the above for a healthy measure of fool luck.

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