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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, June 16, 2017

Army Corps of Engineers logo
[1775 - U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers is established]

Comic Actor Stan Laurel    Stan Laurel and Oliver 'Babe' Hardy    Comedian Stan Laurel
[1890 - Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson), actor, comedian, born in Ulverston, England]

Opera Singer Helen Traubel
[1899 - Helen Traubel, operatic dramatic soprano,
born in St. Louis, Missouri]

Actor Jack Albertson    Actor Jack Albertson
[1907 - Jack Albertson, Academy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning actor, born in Malden, Massachusetts]

Publisher Katharine Graham   Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham
[1917 - Katharine Graham, publisher The Washington Post, Pulitzer Prize writer, born in New York City]

James Joyce's Ulysses
[1910 - Leopold Bloom spends the day with James Joyce]

Author John Howard Griffin    Author John Howard Griffin    Author John Howard Griffin
[1920 - John Howard Griffin, journalist, author, born in Dallas, Texas]

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
[1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
signs the Banking Act]

Writer Erich Segal    Writer Erich Segal    Writer Erich Segal
[1937 - Erich Wolf Segal, writer, teacher, born in Brooklyn]

Brian Piccolo of Chicago Bears
[1970 - Brian Piccolo of Chicago Bears dies of cancer]

Rapper Tupac Shakur    Rapper Tupac Shakur    Rapper Tupac Shakur
[1971 - Tupac Amaru Shakur, rapper, actor, born in East Harlem, New York City]

A Riddle

polo riders playing a game

Q. What do polo players and members of Congress have in common?

A. They are each participants in rich-men's sports that are seen as increasingly irrelevant by the general public.

politician speaking    U.S. Capitol

William's Whimsical Words:

Isn't it time we fixed this?

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