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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- April 1


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Interesting things that happened April 1st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1753 William Harvey, surgeon
  In 1815 Otto von Bismarck, statesman
  In 1873 Sergei Rachmaninoff (in Novgorod Province, Russia), composer
  In 1883 Lon Chaney, actor, man of a thousand faces
  In 1920 Toshiro Mifune, actor
  In 1922 William Manchester, author (Death of a President)
  In 1928 George Grizzard, actor
  In 1929 Jane Powell (in Portland, Oregon), actor
  In 1930 Grace Lee Whitney, actor (Star Trek)
  In 1932 Gordon Jump, actor (WKRP)
        + Debbie Reynolds (in El Paso, TX), actor, dancer
  In 1934 Don Hastings, actor
  In 1939 Ali MacGraw (in Pound Ridge, NY), actor
  In 1944 Carol White (in England), actor
  In 1945 Heather Young (in Washington), actor
  In 1947 David Eisenhower, Grandson of President Dwight
  In 1952 Annette O'Toole (in Houston, TX), actor

Events worth noting:
        + Saint Stupid's Day (a San Francisco tradition since 1980).
        + April Fool's Day
  In 1778 Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans Businessman, creates the "$" symbol.
  In 1789 House of Representatives first full meeting in New York City. F.
          Muhlenberg is the first Speaker of the House.
  In 1850 San Francisco County Government established.
  In 1853 Cincinnati became first US city to pay firefighters a regular
          salary.
  In 1863 First wartime conscription law in US went into effect.
  In 1865 Battle of Five Forks.  Beginning of the end for Lee's Army.
  In 1889 The first dishwashing machine is marketed (Chicago).
  In 1918 Royal Air Force established in Britain.
  In 1927 First automatic record changer introduced by His Master's Voice (RCA
          - Victor).
  In 1933 Nazi Germany began persecution of Jews, boycotting Jewish
          businesses.
  In 1935 First radio tube made of metal announced, Schenectady, NY.
  In 1939 U.S. recognized Franco govt in Spain at end of the Spanish civil
          war.
  In 1941 Navy takes over Treasure Island, California.
  In 1945 American forces launched the invasion of Okinawa during WW II.
  In 1954 First army helicopter battalion formed, Fort Bragg, NC.
  In 1960 TIROS I (Television and Infra-Red Observation Satellite) launched to
          improve weather prediction.
  In 1963 NYC's newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike.
  In 1979 Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following the fall of the Shah.
  In 1984 Marvin Gaye shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA.

And remember ...
  America's Heartland Development Month
  Cancer Control Month
  Math Education Month
  National Poetry Month

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