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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- April 17


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Interesting things that happened April 17th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1837 John Pierpont Morgan, financed the U.S.
  In 1897 Thornton Wilder, American novelist
  In 1923 Harry Reasoner, CBS News correspondent
  In 1930 Genevieve
  In 1933 Monique Van Vooren (in Brussels, Belgium)
  In 1934 Don Kirshner, producer, inventor of bubblegum music
  In 1951 Olivia Hussey (in Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Events worth noting:
  In 1492 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the Indies.
  In 1524 New York Harbor discovered by Giovanni Verrazano.
  In 1853 US Marine Hospital at the Presidio established.
  In 1861 Virginia becomes eighth state to secede from the United States.
  In 1865 Mrs. Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln
          Assassination.
  In 1869 First pro baseball games - Cin Reds 24, Cin Amateurs 15.
  In 1875 The game of "snooker" -- a variation of pool -- is invented by Sir
          Neville Chamberlain, while on duty in India.
  In 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends first Sino-Japanese War (1894-
          95).
  In 1941 Office of Price Administration established (handled rationing).
  In 1945 Harry Caray's first baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cardinals vs
          Cubs.
  In 1953 Mickey Mantle hits a 565 foot home run in Washington.
  In 1961 U.S. backed Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.  Ended in failure.
  In 1970 Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help.
        + Paul McCartney's first solo album "McCartney".
  In 1981 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers.

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

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