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Manhattan - Old Dutch map
[1626 - Peter Minuit, Dutch colonist, arrives on the island of Manhattan]

Educator Horace Mann    Education Pioneer Horace Mann
[1796 - Horace Mann, educator, father public education, born in Franklin, Massachusetts]

Actor Howard Da Silva    Actor Howard Da Silva    Actor Howard Da Silva as Ben Franklin    Actor Howard Da Silva
[1909 - Howard Da Silva (Silverblatt), actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio]

Jazzman Maynard Ferguson    Bandleader Maynard Ferguson    Jazzman Maynard Ferguson
[1928 - Maynard (Walter) Ferguson, jazz musician, bandleader, born in Verdun, Quebec (now part of Montreal)]

Actress Audrey Hepburn    Actress Audrey Hepburn    Actress Audrey Hepburn
[1929 - Audrey (Kathleen Ruston) Hepburn, Academy Award-winning actress, born in Brussels, Belgium]

USS Lexington is lost at battle of the Coral Sea    Japanese carrier Shoho is sunk at battle of the Coral Sea
[1942 - Battle of the Coral Sea, the first aircraft carrier vs. aircraft carrier battle, begins]

Kamikaze mark on USS Hinsdale (APA-120
[1945 - Kamikaze attacks damage 6 U.S. Navy ships off Okinawa]

Kent State - National Guard troops    Kent State Victim
[1970 - National Guard troops kill four unarmed students engaged in an anti-war protest at Kent State]

Abbreviated Justice

A Military Tribunal

Oppose we should any Military Tribunal,
Yet, on occasion, it could prove useful.
Some neighbors of mine should be taken there.
To answer for their crimes beyond compare.

Now stand before me, beaten and dirty.
Was it your dog barked at oh-dark-thirty?
Seek not mercy, I have reached conclusion.
Your sentence shall be summary execution.

And you sir, as you whimper and stammer,
It was zero-six-ten when I heard your hammer.
You broke my slumber without compassion.
Now meet your fate in similar fashion.

Now, Gunny, come and take them away.
Yet courtesy show them before you slay.
If they the blindfold should refuse.
Offer last cigarettes, to those who choose.

firing squad

William's Whimsical Words:

Oops, now I have offended the Smoke Free Execution folks.

Skull with Sword no smoking cigarettes

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