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Franklin bifocals Sunday, October 18, 2009

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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 named 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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