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Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, marquis de (Marquess of)

Prounciation: [vohvnah(r)g]
Dates: (1715–47)
Sex: m
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• 1790 Death of Benjamin Franklin (b.1706 in Boston, Massachusetts), statesman, scientist, and inventor, known for his part in drafting the Declaration of Independence.

• 1961 Attempted invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles, at the Bay of Pigs.

• 1930 Birth of Chris Barber in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, jazz musician, trombonist, and vocalist, who established the Chris Barber Jazz Band.

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Gray, Thomas (1716–71)
English poet


Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade,
Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap,
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,
The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.

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