On this day :
1945 US flag raised on Iwo Jima, 1778 Friedrich von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, 1958 Formula One champ kidnapped, 1861 Lincoln arrives in Washington, 1955 First council meeting of SEATO, 1885 A remarkable reprieve for a man sent to the gallows, 1887 Earthquake strikes Mediterranean, 1954 Children receive first polio vaccine, 1981 Spanish rebels storm Parliament, 1997 Schindlers List shown uncut on network television, 1868 WEB DuBois is born, 1978 Its a tie for Song of the Year at the 20th annual Grammy Awards, 1940 Guthrie writes This Land is Your Land, 1861 Lincoln avoids assassination attempt, 1980 Eric Heiden speed skates into Olympic history, 1966 Desertion up in South Vietnamese army, 1971 South Vietnamese advance stalls, 1917 Germans begin withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line, 1945 Marines raise the flag on Mt Suribachi,

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They said she was not pretty,

That no one would look at her twice.

But then they only saw the scar on her face

While I saw the radiance of her smile

 

They said her voice was harsh,

As shrill and brittle as crushed glass.

But then they only heard the sound,

And not the love the words spoke of.

 

They said her hands were dead,

As dead and black as coal.

But then they were not there to see,

When those hands killed themselves for me.

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