10th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1922 Judy Garland (actress)

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Died:

1946 Jack Johnson (first black heavyweight boxing champ)

circa 1945:  Portrait of heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson in uniform, holding up gloved fists, Brooklyn, New York.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

On This Day:

1946 Italian Republic established

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A Girl’s Garden

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A neighbor of mine in the village
Likes to tell how one spring
When she was a girl on the farm, she did
A childlike thing.

One day she asked her father
To give her a garden plot
To plant and tend and reap herself,
And he said, ‘Why not?’

In casting about for a corner
He thought of an idle bit
Of walled-off ground where a shop had stood,
And he said, ‘Just it.’

And he said, ‘That ought to make you
An ideal one-girl farm,
And give you a chance to put some strength
On your slim-jim arm.’

It was not enough of a garden
Her father said, to plow;
So she had to work it all by hand,
But she don’t mind now.

She wheeled the dung in a wheelbarrow
Along a stretch of road;
But she always ran away and left
Her not-nice load,

And hid from anyone passing.
And then she begged the seed.
She says she thinks she planted one
Of all things but weed.

A hill each of potatoes,
Radishes, lettuce, peas,
Tomatoes, beets, beans, pumpkins, corn,
And even fruit trees.

And yes, she has long mistrusted
That a cider-apple
In bearing there today is hers,
Or at least may be.

Her crop was a miscellany
When all was said and done,
A little bit of everything,
A great deal of none.

Now when she sees in the village
How village things go,
Just when it seems to come in right,
She says, ‘I know!

‘It’s as when I was a farmer…’
Oh never by way of advice!
And she never sins by telling the tale
To the same person twice.

– Robert Frost

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9th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1781 George Stephenson (inventor – railway locomotive)

The most famous Locomotive of all time, George Stephenson+s locomotive -The Rocket+,+ which inaugurated the railway era in Britain, It was the first train on the first public railway with all traffic worked by steam traction, -The Rocket+ is now in the science Museum, South Kensington  (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Died:

1870 Charles Dickens (English author)

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On This Day:

1931 First appearance of Donald Duck

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The Freedom Of The Moon

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I’ve tried the new moon tilted in the air
Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster
As you might try a jewel in your hair.
I’ve tried it fine with little breadth of luster,
Alone, or in one ornament combining
With one first-water start almost shining.

I put it shining anywhere I please.
By walking slowly on some evening later,
I’ve pulled it from a crate of crooked trees,
And brought it over glossy water, greater,
And dropped it in, and seen the image wallow,
The color run, all sorts of wonder follow.

– Robert Frost

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8th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1940 Nancy Sinatra (singer)

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Died:

1969 Robert Taylor (actor)

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On This Day:

1824 Noah Cushing patents the washing machine

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Have a good Monday, 7th June

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The Peaceful Shepherd

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If heaven were to do again,
And on the pasture bars,
I leaned to line the figures in
Between the dotted stars,

I should be tempted to forget,
I fear, the Crown of Rule,
The Scales of Trade, the Cross of Faith,
As hardly worth renewal.

For these have governed in our lives,
And see how men have warred.
The Cross, the Crown, the Scales may all
As well have been the Sword.

– Robert Frost

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7th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1940 Tom Jones (Welsh singer)

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Died:

1329 Robert the Bruce (Scottish leader)

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On This Day:

1775 the United Colonies change their name to the United States

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Have a restful Sunday, 7th June

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