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Cornered

The subject of a manhunt, the 26-year-old man in the photograph above was shot and killed on April 26, 1865, at a barn near Port Royal in rural northern Virginia. The Quip-Find puzzle below features both (1) his last words … Continue reading

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Benjamin Disraeli: Writer’s Boast

Benjamin Disraeli (1840-1881), in old age (By Cornelius Jabez Hughes, British (1819 – 1884, London, England London, England) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) ________________________________________________________ Benjamin Disraeli was a 19th Century British statesman who served twice as Prime Minister. He died … Continue reading

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FDR: Last Words

The last photograph of President Roosevelt, taken at Warm Springs, GA, by Nicholas Robbins for Elizabeth Shoumatoff. (Image: FDR Presidential Library & Museum – 03-46) ________________________________________________________ President Franklin D. Roosevelt died on this day, April 12, in 1945. (The photo above … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Opportunity

(Image: Getty. Fair use.)  ________________________________________________________ As we ponder the significance of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the day after the 50th anniversary of his death, we offer a timely quote from the civil rights leader hidden in the … Continue reading

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Beethoven: Last Words

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) (Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820) Today, March 29, is a double anniversary in the life of the great, deaf German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven: on this date in 1795, at the age of 24, … Continue reading

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Chinua Achebe: Incitement

Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) (Image: Public Domain) One of the most famous of 20th Century African writers, the Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe died five years ago today at age 82. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking: R.I.P.

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) (Image: Fair use) Today, on Albert Einstein’s 139th birthday, we are saddened to learn of the death of the great cosmologist and physicist — and worthy successor to Einstein — Stephen Hawking. He was told at age 21 … Continue reading

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Mario Draghi: Friendship

Mario Draghi, President, European Central Bank (Image: World Economic Forum 2013) Our puzzles today feature a quotation from today’s New York Times; in fact, the Times has selected it as their “Quote of the Day.” See if you can find Mr. … Continue reading

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James Buchanan Eads: Last Words

Today is the 131st anniversary of the death of the American civil engineer James Buchanan Eads. He built gunboats critical to the Union cause in the Civil War,  the first major bridge across the Mississippi (at St. Louis), and the jetties that … Continue reading

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Alexander Graham Bell: First Call

Unknown actor portraying Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) (Photo: From a film commissioned by AT&T – Early Office Museum. Public domain.) On this date in 1876, 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his new communication device, the telephone. Three days later, on … Continue reading

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