Monday, December 19, 2016
[1776 - Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense, his first American Crisis essay]
[1790 - Sir William Edward Parry, Arctic explorer, born in Bath, England]
[1865 - Minnie Maddern Fiske (Marie Augusta Davey), stage actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana]
[1894 - Ford Frick, sportswriter, Commissioner of Baseball, born in Wawaka, Indiana]
[1902 - Sir Ralph Richardson, actor, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England]
[1903 - Williamsburg Bridge spanning the East River opens to traffic]
[1915 - Edith Piaf (Edith Giovanna Gassion), singer, born in Belleville, Paris]
[1920 - David Susskind, TV Host, Emmy Award-winning producer, born in New York City]
[1926 - Robert Lawrence 'Bobby' Layne, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, born in Santa Anna, Texas]
[1929 - Howard Oliver Sackler, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, born in New York City]
[1940 - Phil Ochs, topical singer, topical songwriter, born in El Paso, Texas]
[1961 - Reggie White, Eagles & Packers Hall of Fame Defensive End, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee]
The Little Sparrow
She sang of no regrets, and paid for her love with tears.
When her voice was stilled she left a legacy without debt.