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Frigate Bonhomme Richard vs. Frigate Serapis
[1779 - Captain John Paul Jones in Bonhomme Richard captures HMS Serapis after a sea battle]

Educator William McGuffey    The McGuffey Reader
[1800 - William Holmes McGuffy, educator, author, born in Washington County, Pennsylvania]

Johann Gottfried Galle    Planet Neptune
[1846 - Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet Neptune]

Inventor Robert Bosch    Inventor Robert Bosch
[1861 - Robert Bosch, engineer, inventor, born in Albeck, Germany]

Activist Mary Church Terrell
[1863 - Mary Church Terrell, educator, political activist,
first president of National Association of
Colored Women, born in Memphis, Tennessee]

Journalist Walter Lippmann    Journalist Walter Lippmann    Columnist Walter Lippmann    Commentator Walter Lippmann
[1889 - Walter Lippmann, journalist, political commentator, born in New York City]

Actor Walter Pidgeon    Actor Walter Pidgeon    Actor Walter Pidgeon
[1897 - Walter Pidgeon, actor, born in East St. John, New Brunswick, Canada]

Sculptor Louise Nevelson    Louise Nevelson's work Rain Garden    Sculptor Louise Nevelson    Sculptor Louise Nevelson
[1899 - Louise Nevelson (Leah Berliawsky), sculptor, born in Perislav, Poltava Governorate, Russia]

Producer Mack Sennett    Keystone Kops on the case   Producer Mack Sennett
[1912 - Mack Sennett opens his Keystone Studio, home of the Keystone Kops]

Jazz Great John Coltrane    Jazz Great John Coltrane
[1926 - John (William) Coltrane, composer, musician, born in Hamlet, North Carolina]

Hall of Fame Musician Ray Charles    Grammy award-winning singer Ray Charles
[1930 - Ray Charles (Robinson), Hall of Fame & Grammy award-winning singer, born in Albany, Georgia]

Actress Romy Schneider    Actress Romy Schneider    Actress Romy Schneider & Friend
[1938 - Romy Schneider (Rosemarie Magdelena Albach), actress, born in Vienna, Austria]

[1949 - President Truman announces that the Soviets have exploded a nuclear device]

Free Range

I suppose we should all cheer the 700 mile fence that Congress is building along our southern border with billions of our taxpayer dollars. After all, it might help keep the 12 million undocumented Mexican-Americans and assorted others from leaving this country in disgust. I don't know about you, but I have no desire to take up the slack in the hard work of this country that would be left undone by their departure. Perhaps we should attempt to treat these good people like human beings. That used to be the American way.

William's Whimsical Words:

Building a wall around America makes as much sense as installing a sprinkler system to put out a flood.

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