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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 6

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Interesting things that happened December 6th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1421 Henry VI, king of England (1422-61, 1470-71)
  In 1803 Susanna Moodie, Canadian author (Roughing It In the Bush)
  In 1822 John Eberhard, built first large scale pencil factory in US
  In 1870 William S. Hart, star of silent Western movies
  In 1886 Joyce Kilmer, poet (Trees)
  In 1887 Lynn Fontanne, Broadway actor (Dulcy, Arms and the Man)
  In 1896 George Trafton, NFL center (Chicago Bears)
        + Ira Gershwin, lyricist, ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm)
  In 1898 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish sociologist, economist
  In 1906 Agnes Moorehead, actor (Bewitched)
  In 1907 R. York Wilson, Canadian painter, muralist (O'Keefe Center, Toronto)
  In 1920 Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist
  In 1921 Otto Graham, AAFC, NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns)
        + George "Buzz" Beurling, WWII flying ace & Coca Cola affectionado
  In 1925 Andy Robustelli, NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants)
  In 1930 Crawford "Buzz" Holling, scientist and ecologist
  In 1933 Dennis Burton, artist (Garterbeltmania)
  In 1947 Chelsea Brown (in Chicago, IL)

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St Nicholas, archbishop of Myra
        + Independence Day, celebrated in Finland
  In  346 (?) Nicholas, archbishop of Myra, dies.
  In 1492 Haiti discovered by Columbus.
  In 1534 Quito, Ecuador founded by Spanish.
  In 1631 First predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed.
  In 1768 First edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica is published in Scotland.
  In 1780 Death of Jean-Antoine Aide-Cre'quy, first Canadian-born painter.
  In 1825 President John Quincy Adams suggests establishing a US observatory.
  In 1876 City of Anaheim incorporated for a second time.
  In 1882 Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit.
  In 1900 First caisse populaire established by Alphonse Desjardins.
  In 1907 Coal mine explosions in Monongah, WV, killed 361 men.
  In 1917 Finland declares independence from Russia (National Day).
  In 1921 Irish Free State gains independence from Britain.
  In 1922 First electric power line commercial carrier in US, Utica NY.
  In 1923 First presidential address broadcast on radio (Calvin Coolidge).
  In 1952 First regular season hockey game played outside an NHL city in 24
          years at Indianapolis (Detroit 2, Chicago 0, Terry Sawchuk got
  In 1957 First US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows
  In 1973 Gerald Ford becomed the first unelected vice president.
  In 1977 South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence.
  In 1984 Martina Navratilova's record winning streak of 74 singles matches
          comes to an end, losing to Helena Sukova.
  In 1988 A major earthquake along the Armenia/Turkey border kills tens of
          thousands.  Soviet Premier Gorbachev blames shoddy construction for
          the high death toll in the 6.9 (Richter) temblor.
        + Roy Orbison Dies at 52 in a Nashville Hospital.
  In 1989 Deranged mysogynist Marc Lepine goes on a shooting spree in a
          Montreal University, killing 14 women before turning the gun on

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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