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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, August 1, 2008

Explorer William Clark
[1770 - William Clark, explorer, born in Caroline, Virginia]

Poet Francis Scott Key
[1779 - Francis Scott Key, lawyer, poet, born in Frederick (now Carroll) County, Maryland]

Astronomer Maria Mitchell
[1818 - Maria Mitchell, astronomer, born in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts]

Author Herman Melville
[1819 - Herman Melville, author, born in New York City]

San Francisco cable-car
[1873 - First cable streetcar in USA begins service on Clay Street, San Francisco]

Colorado State Seal Colorado Rocky Mountains
[1876 - Colorado entered the Union]

Producer James Hill with Rita Hayworth
[1916 - James Hill, film producer, born in Jeffersonville, Indiana]

Actor Arthur Hill
[1922 - Arthur Edward Spence Hill, actor, born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada]

Commerce Secretary Ron Brown
[1941 - Ron Brown, Commerce Secretary, born in Washington, D.C.]

Guitarist Jerry Garcia
[1942 - Jerry Garcia, guitarist, Grateful Dead, born in San Francisco]

Anne Frank
[1944 - Anne Frank (13) makes the last entry in her diary]

Shane and the boy
[1953 - Shane, western movie, released by Paramount]

Warriors Return

The most important US Military Action in Afghanistan to date was the recovery in 2005 of the body of the fourth member of a Navy SEAL unit that had been ambushed in the rugged South-Eastern part of the country. Although only one SEAL survived, all four came home.

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William's Whimsical Words:

King Priam started quite a tradition.

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