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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- April 12


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Interesting things that happened April 12th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1777 Henry Clay, 'The Great Compromiser'
  In 1791 Francis P. Blair, helped found the Republican Party
  In 1923 Ann Miller (in Houston, TX), singer, dancer
  In 1926 Jane Withers (in Atlanta, GA), commercial icon (Josephine the
          plumber)
  In 1930 Tiny Tim, singer
  In 1940 Herbie Hancock, musician
  In 1947 David Letterman, late night television talk show host
  In 1950 David Cassidy, actor, singer

Events worth noting:
  In 1859 Hibernia Savings and Loan Society of San Francisco incorporated.
  In 1861 Fort Sumter, SC, shelled by Confederate troops under General
          Beauregard.  The Civil War begins.
  In 1862 James Andrews stole Confederate train (The General) at Kennesaw, Ga.
  In 1898 Army transfers Yerba Buena Island to Navy.
  In 1931 Joe McCarthy becomes Yankee manager.
  In 1933 Moffatt Field is commissioned.
  In 1934 Highest velocity wind ever recorded on Mt Washington, 231 mph.
  In 1938 First US law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses, NY.
  In 1945 FDR dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga.
  In 1955 Salk polio vaccine safe and effective; four billion dimes marched.
  In 1961 Yuri A. Gagarin becomes first man to orbit Earth aboard Vostok 1.
  In 1962 San Mateo County withdraws from BART district.
  In 1965 Linda Darnell dies.
  In 1970 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mantle and DiMaggio.
  In 1979 Soyuz 33 returns to Earth.
  In 1981 First launch of the space shuttle "Columbia" with John Young and Bob
          Crippen at the controls.
  In 1985 16th Shuttle Mission-Discovery 4 is launched-with Senator Jake Garn.

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

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