Wednesday, May 31, 2017
[1819 - Walt Whitman, poet, journalist, essayist, born in West Hills, New York]
[1889 - Johnstown, Pennsylvania, dam breaks and resultant flood causes 2,300 deaths]
[1894 - Fred Allen (John Florence Sullivan), comedian, radio star, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts]
[1922 - Denholm Elliott, actor, born in London]
[1920 - Edward Bennett Williams, trial lawyer, sports team owner, born in Hartford, Connecticut]
[1934 - Dana James 'Jim' Hutton, actor, born in Binghamton, New York]
[1941 - Johnny Paycheck (Donald Eugene Lytle), country singer, born in Greenfield, Ohio]
[1962 - Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, is hanged in Ramleh Prison, Israel, following his trial]
Our Capitol with fine monuments abounds.
You come upon them just strolling around.
Some are temples, some are statues.
Most extol their object's virtues.
One you can visit that is not like that,
Stands like a stranger in the midst of heroes.
A stark black wall with names upon it.
Fifty-eight followed by three more zeros.
It marks the war that wasn't needed.
It commemorates the voice unheeded.
You will not visit without emotion,
Now, shed a tear for their devotion.
William's Whimsical Words:
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