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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 15


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Interesting things that happened August 15th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1432 Luigi Pulci, Italian poet (Morgante)
  In 1688 Frederick William I, king of Prussia
  In 1769 Napoleon Bonaparte (Corsica), resident of Elba (Emperor of France
          1804-13, 1814-15)
  In 1771 Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, poet (Lady of Lake, Ivanhoe)
  In 1803 Sir James Douglas, father of British Columbia
  In 1860 Florence Kling DeWolfe Harding, first lady
  In 1879 Ethel Barrymore, American stage, screen, TV actor
  In 1888 T. E.  Lawrence, writer (aka Lawrence of Arabia)
  In 1904 Bill Baird, puppeteer
  In 1912 Julia Child (in Pasadena, CA), chef
        + Wendy Hiller, actor
  In 1924 Phyllis Schlafly (in St. Louis, MO), right-winger, women's rights
          opponent
        + Robert Bolt, playwright
  In 1925 Mike Conners, actor (Mannix)
        + Rose Marie, actor
  In 1931 Janice Rule (in Norwood, Ohio), actor
  In 1933 Lori Nelson
  In 1935 Abby Dalton (in Las Vegas)
        + Jim Dale, actor, singer, dancer
        + Vernon Jordan, civil rights activist
  In 1943 Barbara Bouchet
  In 1944 Linda Ellerbee, broadcast journalist and author
  In 1950 Princess Anne of England

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days end (FINALLY!)
        + Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin
        + Feast of St. Mary the Virgin (Anglican)
        + Independence Day, celebrated in the Congo
        + Kappa Cygnid meteor shower, radiant in Cygnus
        + Liberation Day, celebrated in South Korea
  In 1057 Macbeth, King of Scotland, slain by the son of King Duncan.
  In 1620 Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims.
  In 1863 The submarine "HL Hunley" arrives in Charleston on railroad cars.
  In 1864 Off the New England coast, CSS Tallahassee captures 6 yankee
          schooners.
  In 1886 Guy Hecker scores seven times in 1 game.
  In 1901 Arch Rock, danger to San Francisco Bay shipping, blasted with 30
          tons nitrogelatin (and that ain't jello).
  In 1912 Yankee Guy Zinn sets record by stealing home twice.
  In 1914 The Panama Canal opened to traffic.
  In 1918 US and Russia severed diplomatic ties.
  In 1935 Will Rogers and Wiley Post die in airplane crash at Pt. Barrow
          Alaska.
  In 1939 "The Wizard of Oz" premiers at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood.
  In 1945 Riot in San Francisco celebrating end of World War II.
        + South Korea liberated from Japanese rule.
        + US wartime rationing of gasoline and fuel oil ended.
  In 1947 India and Pakistan granted independence within British Commonwealth
          after some 200 years of British rule.
  In 1948 Republic of Korea (South Korea) proclaimed (National Day).
  In 1950 Earthquake in India (8.7 on the Richter scale, 1,530 dead).
  In 1960 Congo (Brazzaville) gains independence from France (Nat'l Day).
  In 1961 East German workers began building the Berlin Wall.
  In 1965 Beatle's Shea Stadium concert.
  In 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in New York State.
  In 1970 Patricia Palinkas becomes first woman pro football player (Orlando).
  In 1971 Bahrain gains independence from Britain.
        + President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and
          rents.
  In 1974 South Korean President Park Chung-Hee escaped an assassination.
  In 1981 Robin Leamy of US swims a record 7.98 kph for 50 m.
  In 1990 Terry Mulholland pitches his 8th no hitter of the season, a world
          record.  The previous record (7 in a season) was first set in 1917.

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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