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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 8


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Interesting things that happened August 8th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1763 Charles Bulfinch, first US professional architect
  In 1879 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader
  In 1884 Sara Teasdale, poet
  In 1902 Paul Dirac, British theoretical physicist
  In 1908 Arthur Goldberg, former Supreme Court justice
  In 1910 Sylvia Sidney, actor
  In 1922 Rudi Gernreich, designed first women's topless swimsuit and the
          miniskirt
        + Esther Williams (in Inglewood, CA), actor, swimmer
  In 1927 Jim Weaver, Oregon Representative (D)
  In 1930 Andy Warhol, artist, movie producer
  In 1932 Mel Tillis, singer
  In 1937 Dustin Hoffman, actor (Graduate, Death of a Salesman, Hook)
  In 1938 Connie Stevens (in Brooklyn, NY), singer
  In 1948 Svetlana Y. Savitskaya, second woman in space (Soyuz T-7, T-12)

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days
        + Feast of SS. Cyriacus, Largus, Smaragdus, martyrs
  In 1579 Cornerstone is laid for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory.
  In 1609 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope.
  In 1709 First known ascent in a hot-air balloon, by Father Bartolomeu de
          Gusmao of Portugal (indoors!).
  In 1814 Peace negotiations begin in Ghent, Belgium.
  In 1843 Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony.
  In 1860 The Queen of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) arrives in New York City,
          the first queen to visit the United States.
  In 1864 International Red Cross hosts a diplomatic conference, resulting in
          the first Geneva Convention.
  In 1900 First Davis Cup tennis matches, held in Boston. The U.S. defeats
          Britain.
  In 1920 Tigers beat Yanks 1-0 in shortest AL game, 73 minutes.
  In 1929 Salem Oregon airport dedicated.
        + 1st airship flight around the Earth flying eastward begins.
  In 1937 Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River begins producing power.
  In 1940 Battle of Britain began as Germany launched air attacks.
  In 1963 Great Train Robbery in England.
  In 1972 Yanks sign a 30 year lease with New York City.
  In 1978 U.S. launches Pioneer Venus probe.
  In 1980 LBV Conference Center and Club Lake Villas open.
  In 1993 Earthquake in Guam (8.1 to 8.2 on the Richter scale, no deaths).

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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