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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 18

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Interesting things that happened August 18th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1587 Virginia Dare, first child of English parents to be born in America
  In 1685 Brook Taylor, mathematician, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem
  In 1750 Antonio Salieri, Italian composer
  In 1774 Merriwether Lewis, searched the Louisiana territory
  In 1778 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen, first to circumnavigate
  In 1792 John, First Earl Russell, British Whig P.M. (1846-52, 1865-66)
  In 1834 Marshall Field, founder of a Chicago-based store chain
  In 1904 Max Factor, Jr., cosmetics mogul
  In 1917 Caspar Weinberger, US secretary of defense (1981-87)
  In 1922 Shelley Winters (in St. Louis, MO), actor
  In 1927 Rosalynn Carter, first lady (1977-81)
  In 1933 Roman Polanski, director (Knife in the Water, Repulsion)
  In 1934 Roberto Clemente, pro baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  In 1935 Gail Fisher (in Orange, NJ)
        + Rafer Johnson, decathelete
  In 1937 Robert Redford, actor (Sting, Natural, Great Gatsby)
  In 1943 Martin Mull, actor, comedian
  In 1952 Patrick Swayze, actor
  In 1970 Malcolm-Jamal Warner, actor (Cosby Show)

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. Agapitus, martyr
        + Kappa Cygnid meteor shower, radiant in Cygnus
  In 1227 Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died.
  In 1817 Gloucester, Massachussetts, newspapers carry accounts of a wild sea
          serpent seen offshore. 3 feet in diameter, 100 feet long.
  In 1835 The last of the Pottawatomie Indians leave Chicago.
  In 1846 US forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearney captured Santa Fe, NM.
  In 1864 Petersburg Campaign - Battle of Weldon Railroad day 1 of 3 days.
  In 1868 Pierre Janssan discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse.
  In 1914 President Wilson issues Proclamation of Neutrality.
  In 1920 Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment which
          guarantees the right of all American women to vote.
  In 1938 FDR dedicates the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting US and Canada.
  In 1954 Asst Sec of Labor James Wilkins became first black to attend
  In 1958 Investigation starts of TV Game show scandal.
        + `Lolita,' by Vladimir Nabokov, published.
  In 1960 First photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  In 1963 James Meredith became first black graduate from Univ. of
  In 1976 USSR's Luna 24 softlands on the Moon.
  In 1982 For the first time, NYSE tops the 100 million figure with 132.69
          million shares traded.
  In 1986 Crockett's Tavern opens in Fort Wilderness.
  In 1990 B. F. Skinner, pioneer in behavioral psychology, dies in Cambridge,

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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