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Artist Albert P. Ryder    Albert Pinkham Ryder - skiff painting
[1847 - Albert Pinkham Ryder, artist, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts]

Marshal Wyatt Earp    Wyatt Earp - marshal badge
[1848 - Wyatt Earp, frontiersman, lawman, born in Monmouth, Illinois]

Candidate William Jennings Bryan    Orator William Jennings Bryan    William J. Bryan - Scopes trial    William Jennings Bryan statue
[1860 - William Jennings Bryan, lawyer, orator, politician, thrice presidential candidate, born in Salem, Illinois]

Artist Charles M. Russell    Charles Marion Russell painting - Wild Horse Hunters
[1864 - Charles Marion Russell, artist, born in Oak Hill, Missouri]

Edith Nourse Rogers    Representative Edith Rogers Presiding over the House
1881 - Edith Nourse Rogers, Congresswoman, born in Saco, Maine]

Governor Earl Warren    Chief Justice Earl Warren
[1891 - Earl Warren, Governor of California, Supreme Court Chief Justice, born in Los Angeles]

General James Van Fleet, USA    General James Van Fleet, USA    General James Van Fleet's Arlington gravesite
[1892 - James (Alward) Van Fleet, U.S. Army General, born in Coytesville, New Jersey]

Watergate Judge John Sirica
[1904 - John Sirica, U.S. District Judge,
born in Waterbury, Connecticut]

Actor Fred Clark    Actor Fred Clark
[1914 - Fred (Frederick Leonard) Clark, actor, born in Lincoln, California]

Writer Irving Wallace
[1916 - Irving Wallace, writer, born in Chicago]

Actor Patrick McGoohan    Actor Patrick McGoohan
[1928 - Patrick McGoohan, actor, born in New York City]

[1985 - IBM takes its PCjr personal computer off the market]

[2003 - Armed Forces of the USA invade Iraq based on faulty intelligence and inept leadership]

Fine Whine

Lady Liberty

One of the most beloved and recognizable symbols of this Nation is a gift to this country from the French People. Indeed, it is doubtful that there would even be a United States of America but for the help that this country received from France during the War for Independence, and in its infancy. It is well to remember that Lady Liberty, like all of us except the Native Americans, is an immigrant.

Chief Sitting Bull

After we gained our independence, George Washington was so impressed with one of the French engineer officers who fought on our side, that he retained him to lay out the nation's capitol. From L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C., to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the French have left their mark on this Great Land of ours.
Vive la France!

Eiffel Tower & French Flag

William's Whimsical Words:

Similarly, too much American blood has been spilled defending French sovereignty on French soil in two great World Wars for the French people to turn their backs on us for very long.

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