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Ben Franklin's bifocals Thursday, July 4, 2013

July Fourth Flag Liberty Bell Ringing fireworks bursting
Independence Day

Ben Franklin points to Declaration of Independence

[1776 - American colonies declare their independence from Great Britain]

Sloop of War Ranger    Ranger Recruiting Poster
[1777 - John Paul Jones hoists first Stars and Stripes flag in USS Ranger at Portsmouth, New Hampshire]

Writer Nathaniel Hawthorn    Author Nathaniel Hawthorne
[1804 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, author, born in Salem, Massachusetts]

   Songwriter Stephen Foster
[1826 - Stephen Foster, songwriter, born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania]

Whitman's Leaves of Grass
[1855 - Walt Whitman publishes first edition of Leaves of Grass in Brooklyn, New York]

Calvin Coolidge       30th President Calvin Coolidge
[1872 - Calvin Coolidge, 30th President, born in Plymouth, Vermont]

Cartoonist Rube Goldberg    Author Rube Goldberg
[1883 - Rube (Reuben Lucius) Goldberg, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, born in San Francisco]

Producer Louis B. Mayer    Producer Louis B. Mayer    Producer Louis B. Mayer
[1885 - Louis Burt Mayer (Lazar Meir), film producer, born in Deymer, near Kiev, Ukraine]

Actor George Murphy    Senator George Murphy
[1902 - George (Lloyd) Murphy, dancer, actor, politician, born in New Haven, Connecticut]

Actress Gloria Stuart    Actress Gloria Stuart    Actress Gloria Stuart
[1910 - Gloria Frances Stuart, actress, artist, born in Santa Monica, California]

Yankee's Steinbrenner    Yankee Owner George Steinbrenner    Yankee Owner George Steinbrenner
Yankee Owner George Steinbrenner    Owner George Steinbrenner

[1930 - George Michael Steinbrenner, shipping magnate, NY Yankee owner, born in Rocky River, Ohio]

Actor Stepehen Boyd    Actor Stepehen Boyd    Actor Stepehen Boyd    Actor Stepehen Boyd
[1931 - Stephen Boyd (William Millar), actor, born in Glengormley, Northern Ireland]

Well, Bread    Spirit of '76

Jean-Jacques Rousseau    John Locke

Rousseau and Locke prepared the seed.
Colonists in the New Land planted.
The grain grew tall until the harvest.
Shaped by men who saw the farthest.
Leavened it with freedom's yeast.
A Declaration proclaimed the feast. Declaration of Independence stone

Rose it up in revolution.
Baked in war's oven, a Constitution!

Constitution manuscript

William's Whimsical Words:

No mention of God in my copy of the Constitution.

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