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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- August 31


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Interesting things that happened August 31st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1870 Maria Montessori, educator
  In 1903 Arthur Godfrey, radio, TV host
        + Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, founded Jodrell Bank
  In 1908 William Saroyan, novelist, playwright (Time of Your Life)
  In 1918 Alan Jay Lerner, composer
  In 1924 Buddy Hackett, comedian, actor
  In 1928 James Coburn, actor (Magnificent 7, Our Man Flint, Affliction)
  In 1935 Eldridge Cleaver, writer, Black Panther turned Republican
  In 1937 Warren Berlinger, actor
  In 1945 Itzhak Perlman, violinist
        + Leonid I. Popov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 35, 40, T-7)
        + Van Morrison, musician
  In 1958 Edward Moses, track star

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. Raymund Nonnatus, confessor
        + Zeta Draconid meteor shower, radiant in Draco
  In 1842 US Naval Observatory is authorized by an act of Congress.
  In 1850 The California Pioneers organized at Montgomery and Clay Streets.
  In 1864 Atlanta Campaign - Battle of Jonesborough.
  In 1886 Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized.
        + First major earthquake (estimated 6.6) recorded in eastern US, at
          Charleston, S.C.
  In 1895 John Brailier becomes the first "pro" football player when he
          receives $10 for expenses in a game at Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
  In 1950 Gil Hodges hits 4 homers in 1 game.
  In 1955 First microwave television station operated - Lufkin, Texas
        + First sun-powered automobile demonstrated, Chicago, IL.
  In 1957 Malaysia gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  In 1962 Trinidad & Tobago gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  In 1977 Aleksandr Fedotov sets world aircraft altitude record of 38.26 km
          (125,524 ft) in a Mikoyan E-266M turbojet
  In 1980 Poland's Solidarity labor union founded

And remember ...
  National Inventors Month

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