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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 19


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Interesting things that happened August 19th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1398 Iñigo López, marques de Santillana, Spanish poet
  In 1631 John Dryden, first poet laureate of England (Absalom and Achitophel)
  In 1646 John Flamsteed, first astronomer royal of England
  In 1765 Robert Fulton, inventor
  In 1785 Seth Thomas, pioneer in mass production of clocks
  In 1844 Minna Canth, Finnish novelist and dramatist
  In 1870 Bernard Baruch, financier, presidential adviser
  In 1871 Orville Wright, an aviator
  In 1878 Manuel Quezon, first president of Philippine Commonwealth (1935-42)
  In 1889 Arthur Waley, sinologist, translator from Chinese and Japanese
  In 1902 Ogden Nash, American humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself)
  In 1907 Thurston Morton, former US senator from Kentucky
  In 1931 Willie Shoemaker, jockey
  In 1933 Debra Paget
  In 1938 Diana Muldaur, actor (Star Trek)
  In 1940 Jill St. John (in LA, CA), actor (Diamonds are Forever)
  In 1946 William Jefferson Clinton, U.S. President (1993-2001)
  In 1947 Gerald McRainey, actor (Simon & Simon)
  In 1951 Randi Oakes (in San Diego, CA), actor (CHiPs)
  In 1956 Sue Barker
  In 1960 Ron Darling
  In 1963 John Stamos
  In 19?? Gene Roddenberry, producer

Events worth noting:
        + Aviation Day
        + Feast of St. John Eudes, confessor
        + Kappa Cygnid meteor shower, radiant in Cygnus
        + National Aviation Day
        + Admission Day (celebrated in Hawaii).
  In 1826 Canada Co. chartered to colonize Upper Canada (Ontario).
  In 1888 The first beauty contest is held, in Spa, Belgium.  The winner is an
          18 year old girl from the West Indies.
  In 1891 William Huggins describes astronomical application of spectrum.
  In 1942 First American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is.
        + First American pilot to shoot down German fighter plane, SF Junkin.
  In 1950 ABC begins the tradition of Saturday morning kid shows.
  In 1960 Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident).
        + Sputnik 5 carries 3 dogs into orbit (later recovered alive).
  In 1977 Groucho Marx, died in Los Angeles at the age of 86.
  In 1979 The crew of Soyuz 32 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 34.
  In 1982 Soyuz T-7 is launched.

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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