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Singer Jenny Lind    Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind
[1820 - Jenny (Johanna Maria) Lind, singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden]

Developer George Westinghouse    Inventor George Westinghouse
[1846 - George Westinghouse, inventor, developer, founder, born in Central Bridge, New York]

Naval War College Original Hall
[1884 - The U.S. Naval War College is established at Newport, Rhode Island]

Architect Le Corbusier    Architect Le Corbusier    Architect Le Corbusier
[1887 - Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret), architect, born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland]

Actor Jerome Cowan    Actor Jerome Cowan
[1897 - Jerome Cowan, actor, born in New York City]

Doctor Florence Seibert    Scientist Florence Seibert    Scientist Florence Seibert    Scientist Florence Seibert
[1897 - Florence Seibert, physician, scientist, born in Easton, Pennsylvania]

Tennis Champ Helen Wills Moody    Tennis Champ Helen Wills Moody    Tennis Champ Helen Wills Moody
[1905 - Helen Newington Wills Moody, International Tennis Hall of Famer, born in
Centerville, (now Fremont), California]

Actress Janet Gaynor    Academy Award-winning Actress Janet Gaynor    Actress Janet Gaynor    Actress Janet Gaynor
[1906 - Janet (Laura) Gaynor, Academy Award-winning actress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Actress Carole Lombard    Actress Carole Lombard    Actress Carole Lombard    Actress Carole Lombard
[1908 - Carole Lombard (Jane Alice Peters), actress, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana]

Young Explorer Thor Heyerdahl    Thor Heyerdahl & crew in Kon Tiki   Explorer Thor Heyerdahl    Writer Thor Heyerdahl
[1914 - Thor Heyerdahl, explorer, archeologist, author, born in Larvik, Norway]

Journalist Shana Alexander    Writer Shana Alexander
[1925 - Shana Alexander (Ager), writer, journalist, born in New York City]

President of Egypt Anwar el-Sadat
[1981 - Anwar el-Sadat, President of Egypt,
is assassinated by Islamic fundamentalists]

The U.S. Naval War College

Elmo thought the Navy should be more trendy.
It could soften its image to be user friendly.
A War College sounded much too martial.
Just change the name thought the clever Admiral.

What else to call this venerable institution?
Scores of staffers now busily sought solution.
Perhaps a Naval Institute of Foreign Diplomacy,
(When All Else Fails and We Put to Sea).

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed,
The War College name although assailed,
Remained intact with colors proudly flying.
Luce and Mahan are likely still sighing.

Naval War College in fog

William's Whimsical Words:

Indeed it would also make sense to change the name of the Department of Defense back to the War Department, since it is clear that we weren't defending a thing in Iraq or Afghanistan except for our beleaguered troops, who should have been brought home long ago.

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