May 14

Amber pages

Dante Alighiere, Italian poet ("The Divine Comedy"), born today in 
1265 - but I already have him, in his tomb in Ravenna, on June 24 ...

Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, the Prussian physicist who invented the mercury thermometer, and more importantly its mode of measuring, born today in 

Thomas Gainsborough, English portrait painter ("The Blue Boy"), born today in 

And this, unboycotted, fully diversified within itself, sanctioned only in the sense of authorization, consent, leave, permission, authority, warrant, licence, dispensation, assent, acquiescence, agreement, approval, seal/stamp of approval, approbation, recognition, endorsement, accreditation, confirmation, ratification, validation, blessing, imprimatur, clearance, acceptance, allowance, and, in this case, based on the legitimate vote of the United Nations, the State of Israel, formally proclaimed, today in 1948 - a mere one thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight years of waiting.

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