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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 7

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Interesting things that happened August 7th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In  317 Constantius II, Roman emperor (337-61)
  In 1779 Carl Ritter, cofounder of modern science of geography
  In 1783 John Heathcoat, invented lace-making machinery
  In 1876 Mata Hari, dancer, courtesan, spy
  In 1886 Louis Alan Hazeltine, invented the neutrodyne circuit, making
          commercial radio possible.
  In 1903 Louis Leakey, anthropologist
  In 1904 Ralph J. Bunche, a founder and diplomat of UN (Nobel 1950)
  In 1926 Stan Freberg, writer, producer, comedian, cartoon-voice
  In 1929 Don Larsen (on what must have been a perfect day), baseball player
  In 1932 Ann Harding
  In 1942 Anjanette Comer (in Dawson, Texas)
        + B.J. Thomas, singer
        + Garrison Keillor, humorist
  In 1943 Lana Cantrell (in Sydney, Australia)
  In 1944 Loni Anderson (in St. Paul, MN), actor (WKRP in Cincinnati)
  In 1958 Alberto Salazar, marathon runner

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days
        + Feast of the Name of Jesus (Anglican)
        + Feast of St. Cajetan, confessor
        + American Family Day in Arizona, Michigan
  In 1782 George Washington creates the Order of the Purple Heart.
  In 1789 Pres. Washington signs the lighthouse act.
        + U.S. War Department established.
  In 1807 First serviceable steamboat, the Cleremont, goes on first voyage.
  In 1819 Battle of Boyacá; Bolívar defeats Spanish in Colombia.
  In 1820 Potatoes first planted in Hawaii.
  In 1882 Feud between the Hatfield family of southern West Virginia and the
          McCoys of eastern Kentucky broke out.  About 100 either killed or
  In 1888 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia receives a patent for his
          revolving door -- described as a storm door structure.
  In 1912 Progressive Party nominated Theodore Roosevelt for president.
  In 1927 Peace Bridge between US and Canada dedicated.
  In 1929 Ruth ties record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games.
  In 1934 U.S. Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down
          government's attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce novel
  In 1942 US Marines land at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, in the Pacific
          during WW II.
  In 1946 First coin bearing portrait of Afro-American authorized.
  In 1947 Balsa raft Kon Tiki crashed into a Polynesian archipelago reef.
  In 1959 US launches Explorer 6 which sent back a picture of the Earth later
          that day.
  In 1961 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2.
  In 1964 Congress passes Tonkin Resolution, official start of Vietnam war.
  In 1970 First computer chess tournament.
  In 1971 Apollo 15 returns to Earth after 12d /7 hr/11 min/53 sec.
  In 1972 Joi Lansing dies at age 43.
  In 1974 Philippe Petit walks tightrope strung between the twin towers of the
          World Trade Center.
  In 1976 U.S. Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after an 11-month flight from
  In 1983 Bobby Murcer day at Yankee Stadium.
  In 1984 Jim Deshales became the 1000th playing Yankee.
  In 1987 5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala.
        + Lynne Cox swims 4.3 km from US to USSR in 4° C (39° F) Bering Sea.

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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