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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 19

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Interesting things that happened December 19th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1683 Philip V, first Bourbon king of Spain (1700-46)
  In 1790 Sir William Perry, British Arctic explorer
  In 1821 Mary Ashton Livermore, American reformer, women's suffrage leader
  In 1849 Henry Clay Frick, industrialist; worked for Carnegie
  In 1865 Minnie Maddern Fiske, American stage actor
  In 1906 H. Allen Smith, author
        + Leonid Brezhnev (in Ukraine), Soviet statesman
  In 1910 Jean Genet, French novelist and playwright (The Blacks)
  In 1920 David Susskind, TV producer
  In 1926 Bobby Layne, pro quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  In 1928 Galt MacDermot, Canadian composer
  In 1933 Cicely Tyson (in New York City), actor
  In 1941 Maurice White, singer
  In 1944 Tim Reid, actor (WKRP, Simon & Simon)
  In 1945 Elaine Joyce, actor (Dating Game)
  In 1946 Robert Urich, actor (Vega$, Spencer for Hire, Ice Pirates)
  In 1947 Janie Fricke, Singer
  In 1949 Claudia Kolb, swimmer
  In 1963 Jennifer Beals (in Chicago), actor (Flashdance)
  In 1972 Alyssa Milano (in Brooklyn, NY), actor (Melrose Place, Charmed)

Events worth noting:
        + Saturnalia
  In 1686 Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Defoe).
  In 1732 Benjamin Frankin begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack".
  In 1741 Vitus Jonassen Bering, Danish navigator and explorer, died.
  In 1776 Thomas Paine publishes his first 'American Crisis' essay.
  In 1777 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pa for the winter.
  In 1842 United States recognized independence of Hawaii.
  In 1861 Battle of Black Water.
  In 1889 Bishop Museum founded in Hawaii.
  In 1907 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Penn.
  In 1928 First autogiro (predecessor of helicopter) flight in US.
  In 1932 British Broadcasting Corp. began transmitting overseas.
  In 1933 Electric Home and Farm Authority Inc, authorized.
  In 1946 War broke out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacked the French.
  In 1950 Gen. Eisenhower named NATO commander.
  In 1957 `The Music Man,' starring Robert Preston, opens on Broadway.
  In 1958 First radio broadcast from space (President Eisenhower's voice: "To
          all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men
  In 1962 Street signs in Golden Gate Park approved by Park Commission.
        + Transit 5A1, 1st operational navigational satellite, is launched.
  In 1971 NASA launches Intelsat 4 F-3 for COMSAT Corp.
  In 1972 Apollo 17 returns to Earth.
  In 1974 Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st VP.
  In 1977 Nellie Tayloe Ross, first woman governor, dies at 101.
  In 1984 Fire at the Wilberg Mine in central Utah killed 27 people.
  In 1986 USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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