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Emperor Marcus Aurelius
[0121 - Marcus Aurelius, Emperor,
born in Rome]

Naturalist John J. Audubon
[1785 - John James Audubon, ornithologist,
artist, born in Les Cayes, Haiti]

Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted   Frederick Law Olmsted Painting by Sargent
[1822 - Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect, born in Hartford, Connecticut]

Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey
[1886 - Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey (Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett),
blues singer, born in Columbus, Georgia]

Writer Anita Loos Anita Loos - her book Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
[1893 - Anita Loos, novelist and screenwriter, born in Mt. Shasta, California]

Seismologist Charles Richter
[1900 - Charles Francis Richter, seismologist,
born near Hamilton, Ohio]

Producer Charles K. Feldman
[1904 - Charles K. Feldman, film producer, born in New York City]

USS Hobson (DD-464) underway off Charleston in 1942
[USS Hobson (DD-464)underway off Charleston in 1942]

USS Wasp (CV-18) in drydock following collision with Hobson
[1952 - USS Hobson sinks after colliding with USS Wasp; 176 lives are lost]

[1986 - Accident at Chernobyl nuclear power station in Soviet Union]
Reactor 4 at Chernobyl Chernobyl Reactor #4 showing damage

Chernobyl site after meltdown

Chernobyl debris after meltdown
[1986 - Accident at Chernobyl nuclear power station in Soviet Union. 32 die, dozens more suffer radiation burns]


In youth we are often arrogant and proud, thinking that this becomes us. It need not. In later years we can enjoy a well-deserved and honestly earned humility.

A monk prays  Gandhi  Benjamin Tutu

He who knows others is wise; He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tzu

William's Whimsical Words:

We are still waiting for the meek to inherit the Earth.

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