July 4

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An interesting day for liberties, or the limitation thereof:

Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of "The Scarlet Letter", born today in 
1804 - click here for my piece about it, and its banning, in "Private Collection".

The very first edition of "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman went on sale, today in 
1855. Re-issued in revised versions innumerable times as he went on working on it; and banned, innumerable times, ditto (see January 8). A piece about him too, in "Private Collection" - click here.

Charles Dodgson first told of Alice falling down the rabbit hole, today in 
1862 (see also February 8).

The Statue of Liberty presented to the United States in Paris, today in 
1884 (see my piece on this in "Private Collection" by clicking here)

And the greatest liberty of all, to explore the very farthest reaches of the cosmos. Today in 
1976 the spacecraft Viking landed on Mars. Lucky there wasn't a Russian spaceship there already, named Fresian, Jute or Anglo-Saxon!

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