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Writer William Morris
1834 - William Morris, writer, designer,
artist, socialist, born in London]

Banker Andrew Mellon
[1855 - Andrew William Mellon, banker, Treasury Secretary,
ambassador, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]

Magician Harry Houdini    Harry Houdini chained up
[1874 - Harry Houdini [Erik Weisz], magician, escape artist, born in Budapest Hungary]

Captain Dorothy Stratton, USCG
[1899 - Dorothy Stratton, Captain, USCG,
born in Brookfield, Missouri]

Governor Thomas E. Dewey
[1902 - Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of
New York, born in Owosso, Michigan]

Admiral George Dewey
[1903 - George Dewey is appointed Admiral of the Navy]

Actor Richard Conte Actor Richard Conte
[1910 - Richard (Nicholas Peter) Conte, actor, born in Jersey City, New Jersey]

Producer Joseph Barbera with friends
[1911 - Joseph Barbera, animator, director, producer, writer, born in New York City]

Dancer Gene Nelson
[1920 - Gene Nelson (Eugene Leander Berg), actor,
dancer, director, born in Seattle, Washington]

Actress Vanessa Brown
[1928 - Vanessa Brown (Smylla Brind), actress, born in Vienna, Austria]

[1930 - (Terence Steven) Steve McQueen,
actor, born in Beech Grove, Indiana]

National Gallery of Art
[1937 - National Gallery of Art is established by Congress]

Prince William Sound - Surprise Glacier

Prince William Sound - Exxon Valdez oil spill

[1989 - Exxon Valdez runs aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spills 11,000,000 gallons of oil. (Worst oil spill on U.S. soil)]

Foundering Fathers Spirit of '76

Founding Fathers are worshipped and feared.
Perhaps they are too often Paul Revered.
So many changes on our American Sod;
The Constitution's not the Word of God.

Look at what the Nation now is faced with.
Perhaps the old girl could use a face lift.
It seems like the Union is falling apart.
That troubles your soul and breaks my heart.

Representative government is clearly failing.
How keep Ship of State in safe water sailing?
With Wall Street Bankers calling all the shots.
Our kids will have to piss into broken pots.

William's Whimsical Words:

Our species evolves - why not the Nation?

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