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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 2

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Interesting things that happened December 2nd:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1859 Georges Seurat, French painter, pointillist
  In 1885 George Minot, US physician, worked on anemia (Nobel 1934)
        + Nikos Kazantazakis, Greek writer (Zorba the Greek)
  In 1906 Peter Carl Goldmark, developed color TV and LP records
  In 1914 Ray Walston, actor (South Pacific, Sting)
  In 1915 Adolph Green, songwriter (married to Phyllis Newman)
        + William Randolph Hearst, publisher
  In 1917 Ezra Stone, American actor, producer
  In 1923 Maria Callas, NY opera singer (soprano)
  In 1924 Alexander Haig, former U.S. Secretary of State (R)
  In 1925 Julie Harris (in Michigan)
  In 1931 Edwin Meese III, Attorney General
  In 1940 Willie Brown, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
  In 1949 Cathy Lee Crosby (in Los Angeles, CA), actor
  In 1962 Tracy Austin, tennis pro

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St Bibiana, virgin and martyr
        + Pan American Health Day
  In 1804 Napoleon becomes first French emperor, placing crown on his own
  In 1805 Napoleon defeats Russians and Austrians at Austerlitz.
  In 1816 First savings bank in the US opens as the Philadelphia Savings Fund
  In 1822 In San Salvador, a congress proposes incorporation into US.
  In 1823 President James Monroe declares his doctrine.
  In 1852 French monarchy restored; Louis Napoleon becomes emperor.
  In 1859 John Brown is executed by hanging at Charles Town, (West) Virginia.
  In 1887 Charles Dickens' first public reading in U.S., in New York City.
  In 1899 US and Germany agree to divide Samoa between them.
  In 1927 First Model A Fords sold, for $385.
  In 1942 First self-sustaining, controlled nuclear chain reaction
          demonstrated in one of the squash court under Stagg Field, University
          of Chicago.
  In 1952 First human birth televised to public, Denver, Co.
  In 1957 First full-scale atomic electric power plant goes online in
  In 1961 First OT Grey Cup game (Winnipeg 21, Hamilton 14).
  In 1963 1st Dutch rocket launched; reaches height of 10 km.
  In 1971 Soviet Mars 3 is first to soft land on Mars.
        + United Arab Emirates gains independence from Britain (National Day).
  In 1972 In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen.
  In 1974 Soyuz 16 is launched.
  In 1975 Lao People's Democratic Republic founded (National Day).
  In 1981 Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco opens at 11:30 AM.
  In 1982 First permanent artificial heart successfully implanted.
  In 1988 Space Shuttle Atlantis launched, beginning 27th U.S. shuttle
          mission; this one deploys a military satellite.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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