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Painter Sir Joshua Reynolds    Painter Sir Joshua Reynolds
[1723 - Sir Joshua Reynolds, artist, born in Plympton, Devon, England]

Washington, D.C. - Capitol City in earlier times
[1790 - Congress declares Washington, D.C., the permanent capital of the United States of America]

Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy
[1821 - Mary Baker Eddy, religious leader,
editor, born in Bow, New Hampshire]

Journalist Ida Wells-Barnett
[1862 - Ida Bell Wells, journalist, activist,
born in Holly Springs, Mississippi]

Roald Amundsen    Roald Amundsen's ship Fram    Explorer Roald Amundsen
[1872 - Roald Amundsen, explorer, born in Borge, Norway]

Actress Barbara Stanwyck    Actress Barbara Stanwyck    Actress Barbara Stanwyck
[1907 - Barbara Stanwyck (Ruby Stevens), actress, born in New York City]

Popcorn King Orville Redenbacher       Popcorn King Orville Redenbacher
[1907 - Orville Redenbacher, businessman, popcorn tycoon, born in Brazil, Indiana]

Dancer Ginger Rogers       Actress Ginger Rogers
[1911 - Ginger Rogers (Virginia Katherine McMath), dancer, Academy Award-winning actress,
born in Independence, Missouri]

Actor Barnard Hughes in Midnight Cowboy          Tony Award-winning Actor Barnard Hughes
[1915 - Barnard (Aloysius Kiernan) Hughes, Tony Award-winning actor, born in Bedford Hills, New York]

Jazz Musician Cal Tjader    Jazzman Cal Tjader
[1925 - Cal Tjader (Callen Radcliffe Tjader, Jr.), Grammy Award-winning musician,
composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri]

Packer Wide Receiver Max McGee in Super Bowl I
[1932 - Max (William) McGee, Packers wide receiver, born in Saxton City, Nevada]

Songwriter Desmond Dekker    Singer Desmond Dekker
[1941 - Desmond Dekker (Dacres), reggae & ska singer, born in St. Andrew, Jamaica]

A-bomb fireball from a distance
[1945 - The First atomic bomb is tested at Alamogordo, New Mexico]

The Little Kitten Test

One day, your daughter (if you are lucky enough to have one) may bring home someone special to meet the family. You already know that there is no one good enough for her, but you need to determine how great a threat this candidate poses. Find some excuse to hand him a little kitten. If he teases it, show him off the premises. If he puts it down right away, consider crossing him off your list of preferred sons-in-law. If he instinctively takes it close to his body and holds it securely so that the kitten starts to purr, your daughter may have a keeper and you may have some additional grandchildren.

little kitten friends

William's Whimsical Words:

If you are fresh out of kittens, any small and helpless creature will do.

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