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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 15


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Interesting things that happened December 15th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1832 Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, built a tower in Paris
  In 1859 Ludwik Zamenhof, inventor of Esperanto
  In 1861 Charles Edgar Duryea, with his brother, invented first auto to be
          built and operated in US
  In 1892 J. Paul Getty, business tycoon
  In 1933 Tim Conway, comedian (Carol Burnett Show)
  In 1949 Don Johnson, actor (Miami Vice, Harrad Experiment)
  In 1965 Helen Slater, actor (Supergirl)

Events worth noting:
        + U.S. Bill of Rights Day
  In 1612 Simon Marius, namer of Jupiter's 4 inner satellites, is first to
          observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope.
  In 1791 Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gave its approval.
  In 1836 Patent Office burns in Washington, DC.
  In 1854 First street-cleaning machine in US (Philadelphia, PA).
  In 1859 G.R. Kirchoff describes chemical composition of sun.
  In 1877 Patent granted to Thomas Edison for the phonograph.
  In 1925 First hockey game at Madison Sq. Garden (Canadiens 3, Americans 1).
  In 1939 First commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware.
        + World Premiere of "Gone With The Wind" in Atlanta, GA.
  In 1944 Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over the English Channel.
  In 1946 Filchock and Hapes suspended by NFL failed to report bribe attempt.
  In 1965 First rendevous in space: Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 link up.
  In 1966 Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus.
        + Walt Disney passes away.
  In 1969 San Francisco Fire Dept replaces leather helmets with plastic ones.
  In 1970 Soviet Venera 7 is first spacecraft to soft-land on another planet
          (Venus).
  In 1973 Golf Resort (The Disney Inn) opens.
        + Pirates of Caribbean opens.
  In 1984 USSR launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley's Comet.
  In 1985 Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielson wed.
  In 1989 Sammy Lerner, lyricist best known for "Popeye the Sailor-man", dies.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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