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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 5


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Interesting things that happened August 5th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1540 Joseph Scaliger, proposed Julian dating
  In 1604 John Eliot, "Apostle to Indians," Bible translator
  In 1749 Thomas Lynch, signed Declaration of Independance
  In 1850 Guy de Maupassant (in France), writer
  In 1876 Mary R. Beard, historian
  In 1899 Conrad Aiken, American poet, short story writer, critic
  In 1906 John Huston, film director, writer, actor
  In 1923 Richard Kleindienst, former attorney general
  In 1930 Neil Armstrong, X-15 pilot, first moonwalker (Gemini 8, Apollo 11)
  In 1933 Joan Weldon, actor (Them!)
  In 1941 Leonid D. Kizim, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-10, T-15)
  In 1945 Jo Collins (in Lebanon, Oregon), Playboy playmate
  In 1953 Samantha Sang, singer
  In 19?? Erika Slezak (in Hollywood, California)

Events worth noting:
        + Dedication of Basilica of Our Lady of the Snow, Rome
        + Dog Days
  In 1583 Gilbert claims Newfoundland (first English colony in North America).
  In 1772 First partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia and Russia.
  In 1775 The first Spanish ship, 'San Carlos', enters San Francisco bay.
  In 1846 Oregon country divided between US and Britain at 49th parallel.
  In 1858 Cyrus W. Field completes first transatlantic telegraph cable.  Queen
          Victoria exchanges greetings with President Buchanan.
  In 1861 To finance the war, the US Congress passes the first Income Tax law
          (3% of incomes over $800).
  In 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama.
        + The spectrum of a comet observed for first time, by Giovanni Donati.
  In 1884 Cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty laid.
  In 1914 U.S. and Nicaragua sign treaty granting canal rights to US.
  In 1921 First radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA).
  In 1945 Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the 'Enola Gay' (US Time).
  In 1957 "American Bandstand" goes on network TV.
  In 1961 48 C (118 F) at Ice Harbor Dam, Washington.
  In 1962 Marilyn Monroe dies at age 36.
  In 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty signed.
  In 1964 US begins bombing North Vietnam.
  In 1966 Beatles release "Revolver" album.
  In 1969 Mariner 7 flies past Mars.
  In 1973 USSR launches Mars 6.
  In 1984 Lou Pinella day at Yankee Stadium.

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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