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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 12


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Interesting things that happened December 12th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1745 John Jay, diplomat, President of the Continental Congress (1778-9),
          Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, 1789-1795
  In 1805 Henry Wells, founded American Express Co. and Wells Fargo and
          Company
  In 1821 Gustave Flaubert (in France), novelist (Madame Bovary)
  In 1852 Henri Becquerel, discoverer of radioactivity (Nobel 1903)
  In 1863 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and print maker (The Scream)
  In 1915 Frank Sinatra, singer, "Old Blue Eyes", actor (Ocean's 11,
          Manchurian Candidate)
  In 1918 Joe Williams, jazz singer
  In 1923 Bob Barker, game show host
  In 1924 Edward Koch, former mayor of New York City
  In 1929 John Osborne, playwright
  In 1938 Connie Francis (in Newark, NJ), singer
  In 1941 Dionne Warwick (in East Orange, NJ), singer
  In 1962 Holly Gagnier (in Los Angeles, CA)
  In 1965 Stephane Proulx (Quebec, Canada), race car driver

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of Dark Virgin of Guadalupe, patron of Mexico
        + Geminid meteor shower, radiant in Gemini
        + Independence Day, celebrated in Kenya
        + National Ding-a-ling Day
  In 1787 Pennsylvania becomes the second state.
  In 1871 Jules Janssen discovers dark lines in solar corona spectrum.
  In 1899 George F. Grant patents his golf tee (#638,920).
  In 1901 Marconi receives the first trans-Atlantic radio signal from England
          to Newfoundland.
  In 1921 Henrietta Leavitt, discoverer of period-luminosity relationship in
          Cepheid variable stars, dies.
  In 1925 Arthur Heinman coins the term "motel," opens one in San Luis Obispo.
  In 1937 First mobile television unit, NY city.
  In 1963 Kenya gains independence from Britain (National Day).
  In 1964 Russia launches Voshkod I, first multi-crew in space (3 men).
  In 1965 Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record.
  In 1977 Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from the Braves.
        + US's copyright law amended to include computer programs.
  In 1985 Rolling Stones' pianist Ian Stewart dies.
        + NASA launches space vehicle S-207.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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