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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

Bifocals, Morse code, ‘Davy Crockett,’ Dunkirk, Bob Dylan born

This Week in History


May 23: 1785—Tired of wearing two pairs of glasses, Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. Died: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow (1934). Older Americans Month, Old Time Player Piano Week.

May 24: 1844—Samuel Morse sends his first telegram asking “What Hath God Wrought” in Morse code. 1899—In Boston, the first auto repair shop opens and also the last time a car repair came within the estimate. 1959—For those who love the ’50s, on today’s date the U.S. economy and employment are growing, Americans save more than at any other time in then-recent history, and a report relates U.S. citizens have never been better off. Born: Robert Zimmerman a/k/a Bob Dylan (1941)...

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