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Ben Franklin's bifocals Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene    General Nathanael Greene's statue
[1742 - Nathanael Greene, Revolutionary War hero, Continental Army General, born in Potowomut, Rhode Island]

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

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

Cartoon Producer & Director Rudy Ising    Cartoonists Hugh Harmon & Rudy Ising (Rt)    Cartoonist Rudy Ising's Merrie Melodies
[1903 - Rudolf "Rudy" Ising, Academy Award-winning cartoonist, producer, director, born in Kansas City, Missouri]

Young Ralph Bunche    Renaissance Man Ralph Bunche    UN Diplomat Ralph Bunche    UN Diplomat Ralph Bunche
[1904 - Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche, diplomat, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, born in Detroit, Michigan]

Songwriter Felice Bryant    Songwriter Felice Bryant
[1925 - Felice Bryant (Matilda Genevieve Scaduto), songwriter, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin]

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

USS Maddox & USS Turner Joy in first of two reported engagements with NVN torpedo boats
[1964 - The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution is passed by the U.S. 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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