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Franklin bifocals Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Harpers Ferry composite photo
[1859 - John Brown and most of his armed followers are killed or captured in their raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia]

Author Henri Bergson    Philosopher Henri Bergson
[1859 - Henri Louis Bergson, Nobel prize-winning philosopher, author, born in Paris]

Singer Lotte Lenya    Actress Lotte Lenya    Actress Lotte Lenya    Actress Lotte Lenya
[1898 - Lotte Lenya (Karoline Blamauer), Tony Award-winning singer, actress, born in Vienna, Austria]

Actress Miriam Hopkins    Actress Miriam Hopkins
[1902 - (Ellen) Miriam Hopkins, actress, born in Savannah, Georgia]

Artist James Brooks
[1906 - James Brooks, abstract artist, born in St. Louis, Missouri]

Actress Melina Mercouri    Actress Melina Mercouri    Actress Melina Mercouri    Politician Melina Mercouri
[1920 - (Maria Amalia) Melina Mercouri, actress, politician, born in Athens, Greece]

Actor George C. Scott    George C. Scott as General Patton    Actor George C. Scott as General George Patton    Actor George C. Scott
[1927 - George C. (Campbell) Scott, Academy Award-winning actor, born in Wise, Virginia]

Actress Inger Stevens    Actress Inger Stevens
[1934 - Inger Stevens (Stensland), actress, born in Stockholm, Sweden]

Actor Peter Boyle    Actor Peter Boyle    Emmy Award-winning Actor Peter Boyle
[1935 - Peter Boyle, Emmy Award-winning actor, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania]

Admiral Halsey with Mrs. Roosevelt    Admiral Halsey
[1942 - Vice Admiral William Halsey is named the new Commander South Pacific]

Terrorist Cell

John Brown

John Brown would undoubtedly be labeled a terrorist had he conducted his raid in today's atmosphere of fear instead of in 1859. He would be in good company; Nobel Peace Prize winner and first president of a non-apartheid South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was carried on the U.S. list of terrorists for about a quarter century.

Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life, for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and MINGLE MY BLOOD FURTHER WITH THE BLOOD OF MY CHILDREN, and with the blood of millions in this Slave country, whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments,--I say LET IT BE DONE.

Address of John Brown to the Virginia Court,
when about to receive the sentence of death, 1859.

William's Whimsical Words:

John Brown depicted as a martyr by the Abolitionists

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter or martyr.

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