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Ben Franklin's bifocals Monday, August 4, 2008

US Revenue Cutter Massachusetts under sail
[1790 - U.S. Coast Guard is created]

Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley
[1792 - Percy Bysshe Shelley, lyric poet, born at Field Place, near Horsham in Sussex, England]

Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
[1884 - Isoroku Yamamoto, Fleet Admiral, born in Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan]

Jazz Great Louis Armstrong
[1901 - (Daniel) Louis Armstrong, jazz musician (trumpet), Grammy Award singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana]

Miler Glenn Cunningham
[1909 - Glenn Cunningham, Track & Field Hall of Famer, born in Elkhart, Kansas]

Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg
[1912 - Raoul Wallenberg, diplomat, humanitarian, born in Stockholm, Sweden]

Hockey Great Maurice Richard
[1921 - Maurice Richard, Hockey Hall of Famer, born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada]

Race Car Driver Juan Manuel Fangio  Juan Manuel Fangio in the German Grand Prix of 1957
[1957 - Juan Manuel Fangio wins his last auto race, captures world driving championship for fifth consecutive year]

Painting of Tonkin Gulf incident and USS Maddox
[1964 - USS Turner Joy and USS Maddox report attack by N. Vietnamese PT boats in Tonkin Gulf]


Hasten not now to ascribe
Virtue to self while still alive.
Seek no praise, honest nor faint.
When you pass on you'll be a saint.

William's Whimsical Words:

Faint praise is surely damning.
So are effusiveness and fawning.

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