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17th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1943 Barry Manilow (singer)

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Died:

2012 Rodney King (victim of police violence)

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On This Day:

1885 Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City

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Have a good Saturday, 17th June

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31st May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1819 Walt Whitman (poet)

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Died:

1910 Elizabeth Blackwell (first woman in the USA to receive a medical degree)

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On This Day:

1879 Madison Square Gardens opens

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Have a good Wednesday, 31st May

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The Great City

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The place where a great city stands is not the place of stretch’d wharves, docks, manufactures, deposits of produce merely,
Nor the place of ceaseless salutes of new-comers or the anchor-lifters of the departing,
Nor the place of the tallest and costliest buildings or shops selling goods from the rest of the earth,
Nor the place of the best libraries and schools, nor the place where money is plentiest,
Nor the place of the most numerous population.

Where the city stands with the brawniest breed of orators and bards,
Where the city stands that is belov’d by these, and loves them in return and understands them,
Where no monuments exist to heroes but in the common words and deeds,
Where thrift is in its place, and prudence is in its place,
Where the men and women think lightly of the laws,
Where the slave ceases, and the master of slaves ceases,
Where the populace rise at once against the never-ending audacity of elected persons,
Where fierce men and women pour forth as the sea to the whistle of death pours its sweeping and unript waves,

Where outside authority enters always after the precedence of inside authority,
Where the citizen is always the head and ideal, and President, Mayor, Governor and what not, are agents for pay,
Where children are taught to be laws to themselves, and to depend on themselves,
Where equanimity is illustrated in affairs,
Where speculations on the soul are encouraged,
Where women walk in public processions in the streets the same as the men,
Where they enter the public assembly and take places the same as the men;
Where the city of the faithfulest friends stands,
Where the city of the cleanliness of the sexes stands,
Where the city of the healthiest fathers stands,
Where the city of the best-bodied mothers stands,
There the great city stands.

 

– Walt Whitman

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8th March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1996 Lorna Fitzgerald (actress)

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Died:

1999 Joe DiMaggio (legendary baseball player)

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On This Day:

1817 Founding of the New York Stock Exchange

 

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Have a good Wednesday, 8th March

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4th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1949 Tom Watson (legendary golfer)

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Died:

2006 Steve Irwin (Australian naturalist and presenter)

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On This Day:

1833 1st Newsboy hired (Barney Flaherty, aged 10)

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Have a good Sunday, 4th September

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17th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1943 Barry Manilow (singer and pianist) 

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Died:

2012 Rodney King (African American beaten by Los Angeles police)

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On This Day:

1885 Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City

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Have a good Friday, 17th June

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22nd December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1890 Charles De Gaulle (French premiere)

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Died:

1995 Butterfly McQueen (actress)

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On This Day:

1937 Lincoln Tunnel (New York) opens to traffic

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Have a good Tuesday, 22nd December

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