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Quarterman Dates

   August 8

   1693: Champagne, Dom Perignon invented champagne.

   1753: Mason George Washington, George Washington aged 21 became a
   master mason. Masons in the 18th century espoused liberal democratic
   principles that included religious tolerance, loyalty to local
   government, and the importance of charity and political compromise.
   ``Flattering as it may be to the human mind, and truly honorable as it
   is to receive from our fellow citizens testimonies of approbation for
   exertions to promote the public welfare, it is not less pleasing to
   know that the milder virtues of the heart are highly respected by a
   Society whose liberal principles must be founded in the immutable laws
   of truth and justice. To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is
   worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is
   most fervently to be wished that the conduct of every member of the
   Fraternity, as well as those publications that discover the principles
   which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the great object
   of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.'' --George

   1815: Bonaparte to St. Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte left France for St.
   Helena and lasting exile.


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