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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- April 23

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Interesting things that happened April 23rd:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1564 William Shakespeare, bard
  In 1791 James Buchanan, 15th President (1857-1861)
  In 1813 Stephen Douglas, the "Little Giant", debated Lincoln
  In 1891 Sergei Prokofiev, composer
  In 1921 Janet Blair (in Altoona, PA)
  In 1928 Shirley Temple Black (in Santa Monica, CA), child actor, U.S.
  In 1932 Halston, fashion designer
  In 1936 Roy Orbison, musician
  In 1940 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey (in Ireland), nationalist
        + Lee Majors, actor (Big Valley, Owen Marshall, Six Million Dollar
  In 1942 Sandra Dee (in Bayonne, NJ), actor
        + Phil Esposito
  In 1943 Herve Villechaize, actor (Man with the Golden Gun, Fantasy Island)
  In 1949 Joyce DeWitt (in Wheeling, WV), actor
  In 1957 Jan Hooks (in Decatur, Georgia), actor (SNL)
  In 1960 Valerie Bertinelli, actor (One Day at a Time)

Events worth noting:
  In 1616 Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, author of "Don Quixote," dies.
        + William Shakespeare dies.
  In 1789 President George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York.
  In 1861 Arkansas troops seize Fort Smith.
  In 1871 Blossom Rock in San Francisco Bay blown up.
  In 1896 First "moving pictures" are shown on a public screen in New York
          called the VITASCOPE system.
  In 1920 The Turkish Grand National Assembly met for the first time.
  In 1940 Yanks dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert.
  In 1949 Courtesy Mail Boxes for motorists started in San Francisco.
  In 1954 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits the first of his 755 homers.
  In 1962 Ranger 4, First American spacecraft to reach moon launched from Cape
  In 1967 Russia launches first Soyuz mission.
  In 1968 The United Methodist Church founded.
  In 1969 Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy.
  In 1972 Apollo 16 astronauts explore the surface of the moon.
  In 1985 New Coke debuts, tastes too much like Pepsi.
  In 1999 NATO planes bomb civilian radio-TV headquarters in Belgrade.

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

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