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Philosopher Baruch Spinoza
[1632 - Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza, philosopher,
writer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands]

President Zachary Taylor   12th President Zachary Taylor
[1784 - Zachary Taylor, 12th President, born in Barboursville, Virginia]

Frontier Lawman Bat Masterson
[1853 - Bat (William Barclay) Masterson, gambler, lawman,
writer, editor, born in Henryville, Quebec, Canada]

Scott Joplin
[1868 - Scott Joplin, ragtime music composer, musician,
born near Linden, Texas]

NRA logo
[1871 - National Rifle Association is incorporated]

Positive Thinker Dale Carnegie
[1888 - Dale Carnegie, lecturer, author, born in Buffalo, Missouri]

Producer, Director Irving Allen
[1905 - Irving Allen (Applebaum), Academy Award-
winning producer, director, born in Austria-Hungary]

Writer, Director Garson Kanin
[1912 - Garson Kanin, writer, director,
born in Rochester, New York]

Actress Geraldine Fitzgerald
[1913 - Geraldine Fitzgerald, actress, born
in County Wicklow, near Dublin, Ireland]

Actor Howard Duff
[1913 - Howard Duff, actor, born
in Bremerton, Washington]

Intellectual William F. Buckley, Jr.
[1925 - William F. Buckley, Jr., writer, commentator,
editor, born in New York City]

Guys and Dolls - Stubby Kaye - Mission Scene
[1950 - Guys and Dolls opens at 46th Street Theatre, New York City, for 1,200 performances]

No Doubt

One often hears it said that: "There are no atheists in fox-holes." I would submit that the statement is more likely to be made by the chaplain than by a combat veteran. There are plenty of atheists in fox-holes. They and the Fundamentalist True Believers, all of whom are sure they have the right answers, are trying to comfort the rest of us who fall somewhere in between them, and who don't really know why some of us will live and some will die.

William's Whimsical Words:

There are no gays in fox-holes either.

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