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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- April 26

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Interesting things that happened April 26th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1753 David Hume, philosopher
  In 1785 John James Audubon, bird watcher
  In 1822 Frederick L. Olmsted, landscape architect (Belle Isle, Central Park,
  In 1875 Syngman Rhee, South Korean statesman
  In 1893 Anita Loos, author
  In 1895 Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy Fuerher, last one at Spandau prison
  In 1900 Charles Richter, devised a scale for earthquake measurement
  In 1906 Gracie Allen, comedian, actor
  In 1914 Bernard Malamud, novelist
  In 1917 I.M. Pei, architect
  In 1933 Carol Burnett (San Antonio, TX), comedian, actor
  In 1942 Bobby Rydell, singer
  In 1943 Gary Wright, the dream weaver
  In 1948 Stevie Nicks (in California), singer (Fleetwood Mac)
  In 1966 Andrea Temesvari, tennis player

Events worth noting:
  In 1607 First British to establish an American colony land at Cape Henry,
  In 1777 16 year old Sybil Ludington rode from NY to Ct rallying her father's
          militia to fight the British in Danbury.
  In 1865 Assassin John Wilkes Booth is shot and dies near Bowling Green, VA.
        + Gen Joseph E. Johnston surrenders the Army of Tennessee, Durham, NC.
  In 1887 Huntsville Electric Company established to sell electricity.
  In 1906 First motion pictures shown in Hawaii.
  In 1937 German-made planes destroy Basque town of Guernica in Spain.
  In 1944 First B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down.
  In 1954 Nationwide test of the Salk anti-polio vaccine begins.
  In 1961 Roger Maris' first of 61 homers that year.
  In 1962 Ranger 4 impacts the Moon following a sequencer failure.
  In 1968 U S underground nuclear test, "Boxcar", 1 megaton device.
  In 1970 Gypsy Rose Lee dies at age 56.
  In 1971 San Francisco Lightship replaced by automatic buoy.
  In 1974 Yankees trade Peterson, Beene, Kline and Buskey to the Indians for
          Chambliss, Tidrow and Upshaw.
  In 1982 Argentina surrender to Britain on South Georgia near Falkland
  In 1983 Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks 1200 for the first time.
  In 1984 Jazz piano great Count Basie died at age 79.
  In 1986 The Chernobyl Incident -- world's worst nuclear power plant
  In 1989 Comedienne Lucille Ball dies in Los Angeles, several days after
          suffering a heart attack.

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

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