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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 12


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Interesting things that happened August 12th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1753 Thomas Bewick, English artist (British Birds, Aesop's Fables)
  In 1762 George IV, king of England (1820-30)
  In 1774 Robert Southey, English poet laureate, biographer of Nelson
  In 1862 Julius Rosenwald, philanthropist
  In 1866 Jacinto Benavente y Martínez, Spanish dramatist (Nobel 1922)
  In 1876 Mary Roberts Rinehart, mystery writer
  In 1880 Christy Mathewson, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher
  In 1881 Cecil B. deMille, film director (directed God)
  In 1887 Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist (had a cat)
  In 1911 Mario Moreno, alias Cantinflas, Mexican entertainer
  In 1912 Jane Wyatt (in Campgaw, NJ), actor (Spock's mother in "Star Trek")
  In 1915 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
  In 1919 Michael Kidd, choreographer
  In 1921 Majorie Reynolds (in Buhl, Idaho)
  In 1925 Dale Bumpers, Arkansas Senator (D)
  In 1926 John Derek, actor, director
  In 1929 Buck Owens, singer
  In 1931 William Goldman, author (Lord of the Flies) (Nobel 1983)
  In 1939 George Hamilton, actor, insurance salesman
  In 1941 Deborah Walley (in Bridgeport, CT)
        + Jennifer Warren, actor
  In 1949 Mark Knopfler, musician (Dire Straits)

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days
        + Feast of St. Clare, virgin
        + Kappa Cygnid meteor shower, radiant in Cygnus
        + Perseid meteor shower, radiant in Cassiopeia
  In 1851 Issac Singer granted a patent for his sewing machine.
  In 1862 Gen. John Hunt Morgan and his raiders capture Gallatin, TX.
  In 1867 President A. Johnson defies Congress by suspending Secretary of War
          Edwin Stanton.
  In 1888 Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes the first motor tour.
          Without her husband's knowledge, she borrow one of his cars and
          travels 180km to visit relatives for 5 days.
  In 1898 Hawaii formally annexed to the U.S.
        + The peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War was signed.
  In 1915 `Of Human Bondage,' by William Somerset Maugham, published.
  In 1923 K. Reinmuth discovers 1,000th asteroid, names it Giuseppe Piazzi.
  In 1934 Babe Ruth's final game at Fenway Park, 41,766 on hand.
  In 1936 Diver Marjorie Gestring becomes youngest Olympic gold medalist (13).
  In 1941 French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany.
  In 1953 Ann Davidson arrived at Miami, becoming the first woman to sail solo
          across Atlantic .
        + Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.
  In 1955 President Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an
          hour.
        + First use of aircraft to fight forest fires (Mendenhall Fire).
  In 1959 First ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island.
  In 1960 Echo I, first communications satellite, launched from Cape
          Canaveral.
  In 1962 Pavel R. Popovich, fourth Russian in space aboard Vostok 4.  It has
          a rendezvous with Vostok 3, launched the day before.
  In 1964 10th time Mantle switch hits HR in a game.  This one is the longest
          shot in Yankee Stadium, 502 feet.
  In 1972 Last American combat ground troops left Vietnam.
  In 1974 First time 2 teammates elected to Hall of Fame on same day, they are
          Yankees Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford.
  In 1977 First test of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
  In 1981 IBM introduces the PC and PC-DOS version 1.0.
  In 1985 World's worst single aircraft disaster-Japan Airlines Boeing 747
          crashed during a domestic flight, killing 520 people.

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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