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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 2

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Interesting things that happened August 2nd:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1696 Mahmud I, Ottoman sultan, fought Austrians and Russians
  In 1884 Rómulo Gallegos, Venezuelan novelist (Doña Bárbara), pres. (1948)
  In 1905 Myrna Loy (in Montana), actor (Rebound, Emma, Thin Man)
  In 1914 Gary Merrill, actor
  In 1922 Paul Laxalt, Republican Senator Nevada
  In 1924 Carroll O'Connor, actor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the
        + James Baldwin, novelist (Another Country)
  In 1926 Betsy Bloomingdale, department store mogul
  In 1932 Lamar Hunt, owner of NFL Kansas City Chiefs
  In 1933 Peter O'Toole, actor (Lord Jim, Beckett)
  In 1934 Valery Bykovsky, Soviet cosmonaut (Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, 31)
  In 1946 Bob Beamon, long jumper
  In 1949 Bertalan Farkas, first Hungarian space traveler (Soyuz 36)
  In 1959 Victoria Jackson (in Miami, Florida), actor (SNL)
  In 1960 Apollonia Kotero, actor, singer
        + Linda Fratianne, figure skater

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days
        + St. Elias Day (Orthodox)
  In 1776 Formal signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  In 1858 First street mailboxes - Boston, Mass.
  In 1873 First trial run of an San Francisco cable car, on Clay Street
          between Kearny and Jones, downhill all the way, at 4AM.
  In 1876 Wild Bill Hickok is shot dead (from behind) by Jack McCall.  The
          poker hand he is holding has since been known as the Dead Man's Poker
          Hand:  A pair of black Aces, and a pair of black 8's.
  In 1877 San Francisco Public Library opens with 5000 volumes.
  In 1903 Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey.
  In 1909 First Lincoln head pennies minted.
  In 1923 President Harding dies at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
  In 1934 Hitler takes over presidency when Paul von Hindenburg died at 86.
        + First airplane train:  plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it.
  In 1965 Morley Safer sends first Vietnam report indicating we are losing.
  In 1975 Billy Martin named manager of the NY Yankees (first time).
  In 1979 Thurmon Munson killed in a plane crash at Akron Ohio at age 32.
  In 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait.  The act is condemned by virtually the entire

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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