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Christopher Columbus    Columbus landfall
[1492 - Christopher Columbus in Pinta: his sailor sights land in the early morning hour]

Inventor Elmer Sperry    Industrialist Elmer Sperry    Inventor Elmer Sperry
[1860 - Elmer A. (Ambrose) Sperry, gyroscope inventor, industrialist, born in Cortland, New York]

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams    Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
[1872 - Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer, born in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England]

Hostess Perle Mesta    Ambassador Perle Mesta
[1891 - Perle Mesta (Skirvin), socialite, diplomat, born in Sturgis, Michigan]

Philosopher Edith Stein    Philosopher & Nun Edith Stein
[1891 - Edith Stein, philosopher, Carmelite nun, martyr, saint, born in Breslau, Prussia]

Actress Jean Wallace    Actress Jean Wallace    Actress Jean Wallace
[1923 - Jean Wallace (Walasek), actress, born in Chicago]

Opera Great Luciano Pavarotti    Opera Great Luciano Pavarotti
[1935 - Luciano Pavarotti, opera star, tenor, born in Modena, Italy]

Premier Khrushchev's UN tantrum in 1960
[1960 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev throws a tantrum
at the United Nations]

USS Cole - close up of the damage    USS Cole under tow following attack
[2000 - USS Cole is attacked by terrorists while refueling in Aden, Yemen; 17 sailors die.      Cole under tow enroute to the USA for repairs]

No Child's Behind

nun slapping a ruler

A reactionary group is seeking to restore corporal punishment to our schools in a desperate attempt to save our failed system of public education. The members of this organization propose to empower teachers to once again spank unruly students in the elementary school grades in order to instill in them a fear and respect for authority that is so sadly lacking in our current society. The group reportedly has adopted the slogan, "No Child's Behind Left Behind."

teacher with class

William's Whimsical Words:

It is a better idea than an unfunded, federally mandated testing program with Draconian consequences for schools that can't measure up; but than just about anything is.

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