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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 16

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Interesting things that happened August 16th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1868 Bernarr MacFadden, publisher (Physical Culture, True Romances)
  In 1884 Hugo Gernsback, responsible for science fiction becoming an
          independent literary form
  In 1892 Harold Foster, cartoonist, created "Prince Valiant", known for its
          fine drawing and historical detail
  In 1894 George Meany (in New York City), labor leader
  In 1904 Wendell Stanley, biochemist, first to crystallize a virus (Nobel
  In 1906 Franz Josef II, prince of Liechtenstein (1938-1989)
  In 1913 Menachem Begin, Israeli PM (1977-83) (Nobel 1978)
  In 1920 Charles Bukowsky (in Andernanch, Germany), poet
  In 1925 Fess Parker, actor (Davy Crockett, Gunsmoke)
  In 1928 Ann Blyth (in Mt. Kisko, NY), actor
  In 1930 Frank Gifford, NFL halfback (NY Giants), sportscaster
        + Robert Culp, actor (I Spy)
        + Ted Hughes, English poet laureate (1984-  )
  In 1931 Betsy von Furstenberg (in Germany)
  In 1932 Eydie Gorme (in Bronx NY), singer
  In 1933 Stuart (Smoky) Roosa, US astronaut (Apollo 14)
  In 1935 Julie Newmar
  In 1936 Anita Gillette (in Baltimore, MD)
  In 1939 Carole Shelley (in London, England)
        + Valeri V. Ryumin, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 32)
  In 1946 Leslie Ann Warren (in New York City), actor
  In 1958 Madonna (Ciccone) (in Bay City, MI), singer, actor?
  In 1960 Timothy Hutton, actor

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. Joachim, father of Mary, confessor
        + Kappa Cygnid meteor shower, radiant in Cygnus
  In 1777 American forces win important victory at the Battle of Bennington,
  In 1780 British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, S.C.
  In 1812 Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.
  In 1819 Manchester Massacre; English police charge unemployed demonstrators.
  In 1829 Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker, arrived in Boston to be
  In 1861 Pres. Lincoln prohibit Union states from trading with Confederacy.
  In 1903 Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, Yanks win 12-8.
  In 1906 Earthquake in Chile (8.6 on the Richter scale, 20,000 dead).
  In 1920 Norman Lockyer, editor of NATURE, discoverer of helium in sun, dies.
        + Yanks Carl Mays' pitch, hits Indian Ray Chapman in the head Chapman
          dies the next day, the only major league fatality.
  In 1948 Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at the age of 53.
  In 1956 Adlai E. Stevenson nominated as Democratic presidential candidate.
  In 1960 Britain grants independence to the crown colony of Cyprus.
        + Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon at 31,330 m (record).
  In 1965 AFL awards its first expansion franchise, to Miami Dolphins.
  In 1969 Woodstock festival begins in New York.
  In 1970 Venera 7 launched by USSR for soft landing on Venus.
  In 1977 Elvis Presley, dies of heart ailment at Graceland at age 42 . . . or
          goes into hiding.  (Your Choice.)
        + Yanks blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th.
  In 1984 LA federal jury acquits automaker John Z. DeLorean.
  In 1987 Astrological Harmonic Convergence -- Dawn of New Age.
  In 1988 IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence.

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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