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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- April 16


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Interesting things that happened April 16th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1844 Anatole France (in France), novelist
  In 1867 Wilbur Wright, of aeroplane fame
  In 1889 Charlie Chaplin, actor, comedian, movie director
  In 1904 Clifford Case, U.S. Senator
        + Lily Pons, opera diva
  In 1921 Peter Ustinov, actor (Fiddler on the Roof, Death on the Nile)
  In 1924 Henry Mancini, composer, flutist
  In 1925 Edie Adams (in Kingston, PA)
  In 1930 Herbie Mann, musician
  In 1935 Bobby Vinton, The Polish Prince of Song
  In 1939 Dusty Springfield (in London, England), singer
  In 1947 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, tall person, basketball star, actor

Events worth noting:
  In 1789 George Washington heads off for first Presidential inauguration.
  In 1818 Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot ammendment (unarmed US-Canada border).
  In 1862 District of Columbia outlaws slavery.
        + Pres. Davis approves conscription act for white males between 18-35.
  In 1866 Nitroglycerine at the Wells Fargo and Co. office explodes.
  In 1879 Marie Bernarde Soubirous, later canonized as St. Bernadette, died at
          the convent of Notre-Dame de Nevers at age 35.
  In 1912 Harriet Quimby flies the English Channel, first woman to do so.
  In 1917 Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution.
  In 1926 The "Book-of-the-Month" Club opens for business.
  In 1929 Yankees become first team to use numbers on uniforms.
  In 1935 First broadcast of "Fibber McGee and Molly".
  In 1940 First televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs
          exhibition).
        + Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter.
  In 1943 In Basel, Switzerland, Dr. Albert Hoffman, a chemist, accidentally
          consumed LSD-25 (lysergic acid diethylamide), a synthetic drug he had
          created in 1938 as part of his medical research.  Dr. Hoffman was
          disturbed by unusual sensations and hallucinations.
  In 1947 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated, NY city.
        + Massive explosion and fire kills 500 in Texas City, Texas.
  In 1959 Yankees unveil their first message scoreboard.
  In 1962 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS news.
  In 1967 Yankees beat Boston 7-6 in 18 innings.
  In 1972 Apollo 16 takes off for the Moon.
  In 1977 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia.
  In 1979 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks and Mets tie 1-1.

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

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