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Statesman & Writer Benjamin Franklin
[1790 - Benjamin Franklin, statesman, printer, scientist,
writer dies in Philadelphia at age 84]

Publisher Mifflin Gibbs    Lawyer Mifflin Gibbs    Judge Mifflin W. Gibbs
[1823 - Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, newspaper publisher, lawyer, judge, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Banker J. P. Morgan    Banker J. P. Morgan
[1837 - J.P. (John Pierpoint) Morgan, banker, financier, capitalist, born in Hartford, Connecticut]

Isak Dinesen    Writer Isak Dinesen    Karen von Blixen-Finecke on bank note
[1885 - Isak Dinesen (Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke), author, born in Rungsted, Denmark]

Irene Castle    Animal lover Irene Castle    Dancer & designer Irene Castle
[1893 - Irene Castle (Foote), dancer, designer, actress, born in New Rochelle, New York]

Writer Thornton Wilder    Writer Thornton Wilder
[1897 - Thornton Wilder, playwright, author, born in Madison, Wisconsin]

Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky in 1945    Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and Wife
[1903 - Gregor Piatigorsky, cello virtuoso, born in Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine]

Actor Arthur Lake
[1905 - Arthur Lake (Silverlake), actor, born in
Corbin, Kentucky]

Academy Award-winning Actor William Holden    Academy Award-winning Actor William Holden
[1918 - William Holden (Franklin Beedle), Academy Award-winning actor, born in O'Fallon, Illinois]

Actress Anne Shirley    Actress Anne Shirley
[1918 - Anne Shirley (Dawn Evelyeen Paris), actress, born in New York City]

Newsman Harry Reasoner    Newsman Harry Reasoner
[1923 - Harry Reasoner, newsman, journalist, born in Dakota City, Iowa]

Cartoon Character Daffy Duck
[1937 - Daffy Duck debuts in Warner
Brothers short Porky's Duck Hunt]

[1961 - Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba begins]

Fathers of Our Nation

Signing of Declaration by Trumbull

Are you filled with a sense of wonder at how this nation came to be born? What unique alignment of the cosmos produced the individuals and the circumstances that gave rise to the modern experiment in democratic government that has so changed the social, political, and economic fabric of this world?

13 Star US Flag

William's Whimsical Words:

Perhaps we should call them the Foundling Fathers.

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