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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 8

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Interesting things that happened December 8th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In    0 65 B.C.  Horace (in Rome), poet
  In 1626 Christina, queen of Sweden who abdicated after becoming Catholic
  In 1765 Eli Whitney, inventor
  In 1832 Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson, Norwegian writer (Nobel 1903)
  In 1848 Joel Chandler Harris, writer (created the Uncle Remus stories)
  In 1861 Aristide Maillol, French painter, sculptor
        + William Crapo Durant, founded General Motors Corp.
  In 1865 Jean Sibelius, major Finnish composer
  In 1886 Diego Rivera, Mexican muralist
  In 1894 James (Grover) Thurber (in Columbus, OH), writer (Men, Women and
  In 1903 Adele Simpson, fashion designer
  In 1906 Richard Llewellyn, Welsh novelist (How Green Was My Valley)
  In 1908 John Volpe, former governor of Massachusetts, cabinet officer
  In 1922 John B. (Jack) McKay, X-15 pilot
  In 1925 Sammy Davis, Jr., actor (Ocean's 11, Cannonball Run, Tap), singer,
          dancer, "the complete performer"
  In 1927 Vladimir A. Shatalov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 4, 8, 10)
  In 1930 Maximilian Schell, actor (Odessa File, Julia)
  In 1933 Flip Wilson, comedian, actor (The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh)
  In 1936 John Arthur "David" Carradine, actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Death
          Race 2000)
  In 1937 James MacArthur, actor (Hawaii Five-O -- "Book 'Em, Danno!")
  In 1943 Jim Morrison, musician
  In 1947 Gregg Allman, musician
  In 1953 Kim Basinger (in Athens, GA), actor (9 1/2 Weeks, Batman)
  In 1967 Sinead O'Connor, singer, political activist

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
  In 1831 James Hoban, White House designer, dies.
  In 1845 German amateur astronomer M. Hencke discovers 5th asteroid, Astra.
  In 1854 Pope Pius X proclaims the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
  In 1863 Fire in Santiago, Chile kills 2,000.
  In 1869 20th Roman Catholic ecumenical council, Vatican I, opens in Rome.
  In 1886 American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions, in
          Columbus, Ohio.
  In 1913 Construction starts on Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA.
  In 1931 Coaxial cable patented.
  In 1940 First NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0.
  In 1941 San Francisco has its first blackout, at 6:15PM.
        + The United States declares war on Japan.
  In 1949 Chinese Nationalist government moves to Taiwan.
  In 1952 first TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy).
  In 1974 Soyuz 16 returns to Earth.
  In 1980 John Lennon assassinated in New York by David Mark Chapman.
  In 1983 Ninth Space Shuttle Mission - Columbia 6 returns to Earth
  In 1987 President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a
          treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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