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Monday, May 23, 2011

What happened today (23 May)

There were three world-shaking events

Well, maybe they weren't exactly world-shaking, but they were worth remembering.

On 23 May 1701 Captain William Kidd was hanged. 

The question is whether it was right ...

On 23 May 1785 -- in a letter, Benjamin Franklin revealed his invention of spectacles of two thicknesses -- one for distance viewing, the other for reading up close. The first bi-focals!

On 23 May 1906, Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright, died. 

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