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Ben Franklin's bifocals Saturday, May 23, 2009

Physician Franz Mesmer
[1734 - Franz (Friedrich) Anton Mesmer, physician,
hypnotist, born on Lake Constance in Swabia, Germany]

South Carolina state seal
[1788 - South Carolina becomes the eighth one of the United States]

Lawyer Arabella Mansfield
[1846 - Arabella Mansfield (Belle Aurelia Babb),
first woman admitted to law in U.S.,
born in Des Moines County, Iowa]

Douglas Fairbanks
[1883 - Douglas Fairbanks (Douglas Elton Ulman),
actor, born in Denver, Colorado]

Actor Herbert Marshall
[1890 - Herbert (Brough Falcon) Marshall, actor, born in London]

Actor Scatman Crothers
[1910 - Scatman (Benjamin Sherman) Crothers,
singer, actor, born in Terre Haute, Indiana]

New York Public Library
[1911 - Dedication of the New York Public Library]

Actor John Payne
[1912 - John Payne, actor, born in Roanoke, Virginia]

Singer Rosemary Clooney
[1928 - Rosemary Clooney, singer, born in Maysville, Kentucky]

[1944 - University of Chicago withdraws from Big 10 Conference and all NCAA sports]

[1948-1949 - Berlin Airlift]
Berlin Airlift - kids cheering cargo plane

Berlin - Soviet checkpoint
[1949 - Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin lifts Berlin Blockade]

On Being a Skeptic #2

William is eternally grateful to wise parents for his having been raised a skeptic.

William's Whimsical Words:

That is, if there is any such thing as eternity.

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