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Giovanni Cassini    Astronomer Giovanni Cassini
[1625 - Giovanni Domenico Cassini, astronomer, mathematician, born near Sanremo, Italy,
(then Republic of Genoa)]

Composer Robert Schumann    Composer Robert Schumann
[1810 - Robert Schumann, composer, born in Zwickau, Saxony]

Admiral David Porter, USN
[1813 - David Dixon Porter, Admiral, USN,
born in Chester, Pennsylvania]

Commodore Matthew Perry    Commodore Perry's black ships
[1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry, USN, with his Black Ship Squadron, arrives at Uraga, Japan for treaty negotiations]

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright   Architect Frank Lloyd Wright   Architect Frank Lloyd Wright    Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
[1867 - Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, born in Richland Center, Wisconsin]

Scientist Francis Crick    DNA    Scientist Francis Crick
[1916 - Francis Harry Compton Crick, Nobel Prize-winning scientist, born in Northampton, England]

Justice Byron White
[1917 - Byron (Whizzer) White, Supreme Court
Justice, born in Fort Collins, Colorado]

Actor Robert Preston   Actor Robert Preston
[1918 - Robert Preston (Meservey), actor, born in Newton, Massachusetts]

Actress Alexis Smith    Actress Alexis Smith
[1921 - Alexis (Gladys) Smith, actress, born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada]

Actress Dana Wynter    Actress Dana Wynter
[1931 - Dana Wynter (Dagmar Winter), actress, born in Berlin]

Going to Spend Lives

flag-draped coffins on USAF transport

As I was going to Iraq,
I met some coffins coming back,
For each coffin several wounded;
Each wound was so severe;
Every casualty had some family.
Dead, wounded, son, daughter,
Wives, children, to the slaughter.
Most of them are coming back.
How many sent we to Iraq?

As I went out to Afghanistan
I met a most peculiar man.
His uniform said Coalition Forces,
But he was leading two work horses.
How will these kill the enemy?
Our mission's changed, he said to me.
These beasts help the Afghan farmers plow.
Tomorrow, I will bring a cow.

William's Whimsical Words:

Osama is dead now, and al-Qaida is in Pakistan, so what are we doing in Afghanistan?

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