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2011-07-02
July 2: Nostradamus

Nostradamus used a technique that prophets and astrologers use to this day: “ambiguous specificity.”

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2011-05-14
May 14: Churches and Anti-Semitism

It was some consolation to the survivors of the largest pogrom in human history that a Jewish state was formed on this date in 1948.

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2010-12-18
December 18: The Powerlessness of Prayer

Those who believe prayer will help them and know they are being prayed for may indeed get better, thanks to the placebo effect. The same could be said of giving pets to the elderly who like animals.

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Ronald Bruce Meyer

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July 11: Whistler's Father (1834)

James McNeill Whistler (1833) It was on this date, July 11, 1834, that American painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. His father was an Army Major and Whistler himself was educated at West Point, from which he was dismissed. Whistler was a leading proponent of the credo, “art for art’s sake” […]



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