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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 4


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Interesting things that happened August 4th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1755 Nicolas-Jacque Conte, invented the modern pencil
  In 1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet
  In 1859 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Hunger) (Nobel 1920), Nazi
  In 1900 Arturo Umberto Illia, president of Argentina (1963-66)
        + Britain's Queen Mother
  In 1910 William Schuman, composer
  In 1920 Helen Thomas, journalist
  In 1942 David Russell Lange, Labour prime minister of New Zealand (1984-  )
  In 1943 Tina Cole (in Hollywood, California)
  In 1944 Richard Belzer, comedian
  In 1958 Mary Decker Tabb Slaney, track star
  In 1962 Roger Clemens, baseball player (Boston Red Sox)

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days
        + Feast of St. Dominic, confessor
  In 1693 Champagne is invented by Dom Perignon.  "I see stars!"
  In 1777 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes the first
          circus.
  In 1790 United States Coast Guard founded.
  In 1864 Land and naval action new Brazos Santiago, Texas.
  In 1925 US marines leave Nicaragua after 13-year occupation.
  In 1927 Peace Bridge between US and Canada opened.
  In 1934 NY Giant, Mel Ott scores 6 runs in 1 game.
  In 1953 Vic Raschi sets pitcher record by driving in 7 runs and wins 15-0.
  In 1958 Dumont TV Network crumbles.
  In 1960 Rocket propelled USAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH.
  In 1962 Jamaica gains independence from Britain.
  In 1971 US launches first satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft.
  In 1983 Dave Winfield arrested for hittting a seagull with a baseball... he
          was making the final throw from centerfield to the ballboy, which hit
          and killed a seagull resting on the astro-tuff in right-center of
          Exhibition Stadium (Toronto).  Was arrested and released after
          posting a $500 bond.  The charges were later dropped.
  In 1984 Republic of Upper Volta becomes Bourkina Fasso (National Day).
        + Bourkina Fasso quietly changes its name to Burkina Faso.
  In 1985 Phil Rizzuto day at Yankee Stadium retiring uniform #10.
        + Tom Seaver won his 300th game for the White Sox at Yankee Stadium

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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