Stranger Fruit

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Organic life beneath the shoreless waves
Was born and nurs’d in ocean’s pearly caves;
First forms minute, unseen by spheric glass,
Move on the mud, or pierce the watery mass;
These, as successive generations bloom,
New powers acquire and larger limbs assume;
Whence countless groups of vegetation spring,
And breathing realms of fin and feet and wing.

Births

1838Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French scientist

1905George H. Hitchings, American scientist, Nobel laureate

1940Joseph L. Goldstein, American scientist, Nobel laureate

Deaths

1674John Graunt, English statistician

1796Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist

1802Erasmus Darwin, English physician, botanist, and poet (sample from The Temple of Nature above)

1873Justus von Liebig, German chemist

1945John Ambrose Fleming, English physicist and engineer

1955Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize laureate