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8th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1977 Kanye West (rapper)

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Died:

1845 Andrew Jackson (soldier & 7th US President)

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On This Day:

1968 Bermuda adopts its constitution 

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Have a good Friday, 8th June

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Washington’s Monument, February, 1885

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Ah, not this marble, dead and cold:
Far from its base and shaft expanding—the round zones circling,
comprehending,

Thou, Washington, art all the world’s, the continents’ entire—
not yours alone, America,

Europe’s as well, in every part, castle of lord or laborer’s cot,
Or frozen North, or sultry South—the African’s—the Arab’s in
his tent,

Old Asia’s there with venerable smile, seated amid her ruins;
(Greets the antique the hero new? ‘tis but the same—the heir
legitimate, continued ever,

The indomitable heart and arm—proofs of the never-broken
line,

Courage, alertness, patience, faith, the same—e’en in defeat
defeated not, the same:)

Wherever sails a ship, or house is built on land, or day or night,
Through teeming cities’ streets, indoors or out, factories or farms,
Now, or to come, or past—where patriot wills existed or exist,
Wherever Freedom, pois’d by Toleration, sway’d by Law,
Stands or is rising thy true monument.

– Walt Whitman

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22nd February – On This Day In History

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Born:

1732 George Washington (1st President of the USA)

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Died:

1987 Andy Warhol (artist) 

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On This Day:

2006 Britain biggest every robbery is staged (thieves steal £53 million)

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Have a good Thursday, 22nd February

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His Excellency General Washington

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Celestial choir! enthron’d in realms of light,
Columbia’s scenes of glorious toils I write.
While freedom’s cause her anxious breast alarms,
She flashes dreadful in refulgent arms.
See mother earth her offspring’s fate bemoan,
And nations gaze at scenes before unknown!
See the bright beams of heaven’s revolving light
Involved in sorrows and the veil of night!

The Goddess comes, she moves divinely fair,
Olive and laurel binds Her golden hair:
Wherever shines this native of the skies,
Unnumber’d charms and recent graces rise.

Muse! Bow propitious while my pen relates
How pour her armies through a thousand gates,
As when Eolus heaven’s fair face deforms,
Enwrapp’d in tempest and a night of storms;
Astonish’d ocean feels the wild uproar,
The refluent surges beat the sounding shore;
Or think as leaves in Autumn’s golden reign,
Such, and so many, moves the warrior’s train.
In bright array they seek the work of war,
Where high unfurl’d the ensign waves in air.
Shall I to Washington their praise recite?
Enough thou know’st them in the fields of fight.
Thee, first in peace and honors—we demand
The grace and glory of thy martial band.
Fam’d for thy valour, for thy virtues more,
Hear every tongue thy guardian aid implore!

One century scarce perform’d its destined round,
When Gallic powers Columbia’s fury found;
And so may you, whoever dares disgrace
The land of freedom’s heaven-defended race!
Fix’d are the eyes of nations on the scales,
For in their hopes Columbia’s arm prevails.
Anon Britannia droops the pensive head,
While round increase the rising hills of dead.
Ah! Cruel blindness to Columbia’s state!
Lament thy thirst of boundless power too late.

Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy side,
Thy ev’ry action let the Goddess guide.
A crown, a mansion, and a throne that shine,
With gold unfading, WASHINGTON! Be thine.

 

– Phillis Wheatley

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13th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1850 Robert Louis Stevenson (author of Treasure Island)

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Died:

2007 John Doherty (footballer) 

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On This Day:

1982 Vietnam War Memorial (Washington) dedicated

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Have a good Monday, 13th November

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11th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1962 Demi Moore (actress)

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Died:

1880 Ned Kelly (infamous Australian outlaw)

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On This Day:

1889 Washington becomes the 42nd State of the USA

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Have a good Saturday, 11th November

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30th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1975 Andy Farrell (England rugby union and league player)

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Died:

1431 Joan of Arc (burned at the stake)

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On This Day:

1922 Lincoln Memorial dedicated

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Have a good Tuesday, 30th May

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