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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- April 8


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Interesting things that happened April 8th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1889 Sir Adrian Boult, conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra)
  In 1893 Mary Pickford (in Canada), America's sweetheart
  In 1912 Sonja Henie (in Oslo, Norway), ice skater
  In 1918 Betty Ford, former First lady
  In 1940 John Havlicek, basketball player (Celtics)
  In 1941 Peggy Lennon (in Los Angeles, CA), singer (Lennon Sisters)
  In 1947 Steve Howe, musician
  In 1954 John Schneider, singer, actor (Dukes of Hazzard)
        + Gary Carter, baseball player (Expos/Mets catcher)
  In 1963 Julian Lennon, musician, son of John Lennon

Events worth noting:
        + Kambutsue, celebration of Buddha's birthday, in Japan
  In 1513 Ponce de Leon arrives in Florida.
  In 1730 First Jewish congregation in United States consecrates synagogue.
  In 1766 The first patent is granted for a fire escape ... a wicker basket on
          a pulley and a chain, designed by a London watchmaker.
  In 1864 Battle of Mansfield, LA.  Federals routed by Gen Richard Taylor.
  In 1865 Lee's retreat cut off near Appomattox Court House.
  In 1913 17th Amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified.
  In 1935 Works Progress Administration (WPA) approved by Congress.
  In 1952 President Harry Truman seizes steel industry to avoid a strike.
  In 1964 Unmanned Gemini 1 is launched.
  In 1974 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th home run, beating Babe Ruth's
          record.
  In 1986 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California.  It made his
          day.

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

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