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Ben Franklin's bifocals Thursday, August 7, 2008

Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene
[1742 - Nathanael Greene, Revolutionary War hero, born in Potowomut, Rhode Island]

Famous Spy Mata Hari
[1876 - Mata Hari (Gertrud Margarete Zelle), exotic dancer, double agent spy, born in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands]

Comedienne Billie Burke
[1885 - Billie (Mary William Appleton) Burke, comedienne, actress, born in Washington, DC]

Renaissance Man Ralph Bunche
[1904 - Ralph Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, born in Detroit, Michigan]

US Marines - Guadalcanal landing
[1942 - Marines land on Guadalcanal; first U.S. land offensive of World War II]

USS Maddox & USS Turner Joy in phantom engagement
[1964 - Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed by Congress (Good Morning, Vietnam)]

A Toast

May your days be filled with modest victories leavened with a scattering of small defeats.

William's Whimsical Words:

and may you come to disregard them all.

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