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Paths of the Wise

When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.
George Bernard Shaw

Paths of the Not-So-Wise

Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.
Bad analogies on high school papers

Milestones on this Date in History

1823: Historian Francis Parkman

1838: Railroad magnate James Jerome "J.J." Hill

1875: Department store founder James Cash Penney

1888: British car designer Walter Bentley

1914: Entertainer Allen Funt

1925: Singer/guitarist B.B. King

1949: Actor Ed Begley, Jr.

Music on this Date in History

1787: Haydn issued a quartet that included sounds which were so croaky that the whole quartet has been nicknamed, "The Frog."

1977: This day in history has featured some of opera's less uplifting moments. To begin on a tragic note, Maria Callas died. She had just gotten up when she suffered a heart attack at the age of 53.

1993: Dvorak's "Symphonic Variations" and his First Symphony, "The Bells of Zlonice" were performed by the Milwaukee Symphony under Zdenek Macal. Alexander Toradze will solo in the Rachaninoff Third Piano Concerto.

World Events on this Date in History

1893: More than 100,000 people rushed to the Cherokee Strip as a large area of the Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, was opened to homesteaders.

1974: President Ford offered conditional amnesty to Vietnam draft evaders. He said they could come home if they performed up to two years of public service.

1986: Fire and fumes in the Kinross mine killed 177 people in South Africa's worst gold mine disaster.