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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- April 24

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Interesting things that happened April 24th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1620 John Graunt, statistician, founded the science of demography
  In 1815 Anthony Trollope (in England), poet
  In 1934 Shirley MacLaine (in Richmond, Virginia), actor (in this life)
  In 1936 Jill Ireland (in London, England), actor
  In 1942 Barbra Streisand (in Brooklyn, NY), singer, acterss, profile
  In 1954 Vince Farragamo

Events worth noting:
  In 1704 Boston News Letter first American newspaper printed regularly.
  In 1792 "La Marseillaise", the French national anthem, is composed by
          Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
  In 1800 Library of Congress founded with $5000 allocation.
  In 1833 A patent is granted for the first soda fountain.
  In 1865 Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph system put into operation.
  In 1877 Troops ordered out of New Orleans end North's post-Civil War rule.
  In 1897 First reporter, William Price, assigned to White House.
  In 1898 Spain declares war on U.S., rejecting ultimatum to withdraw from
  In 1900 The passing of Andrew Halliday, Cable Car Pioneer.
  In 1905 Senators execute a triple play and beat Yankees 4-3.
  In 1915 Armenian Martyrs Day -- Ottoman Empire began brutal deportation.
  In 1917 Yankee lefty George Mogridge no-hits Red Sox 2-1 at Fenway.
  In 1944 First Boeing B-29 arrives in China "over the Hump".
  In 1953 Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  In 1954 First American civilian pilot wounded in Indo China - P. R. Holden.
  In 1961 JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following the Bay of Pigs.
        + The Vasa, a Swedish warship lost in 1628, is raised.
  In 1962 MIT sends TV signal by satellite for the first time:  CA to MA.
        + Sandy Koufax's second 18 strikeout game.
  In 1967 Cosmonaut Komarov is first to die in space aboard Soyuz 1.
  In 1970 People's Republic of China launchs first satellite (transmitting
          song "The East is Red").
  In 1971 Soyuz 10 returns to Earth.
  In 1981 IBM introduces its Personal Computer.

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

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