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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 21

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Interesting things that happened December 21st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1804 Benjamin Disraeli (Tory), British prime minister (1868, 1874-80)
  In 1874 Juan Bautista Sacasa, president of Nicaragua (1932-36)
  In 1879 Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator
  In 1891 John W. McCormack (D), Speaker of the House (1962-70)
  In 1909 George Ball, former undersecretary of state
  In 1911 Josh Gibson, professional baseball player, the "Negro Babe Ruth"
  In 1917 Heinrich Böll, German writer (Group Portrait with Lady) (Nobel '72)
  In 1918 Donald Regan, White House staffer
        + Kurt Waldheim, 4th UN sec-gen (1972-81), Austrian President
  In 1922 Paul Winchell, ventriloquist
  In 1935 Phil Donahue, TV host, married to Marlo Thomas
  In 1937 Jane Fonda (in New York City), actor (Barbarella, Klute), fitness
          advocate (numerous workout videos)
  In 1939 Diane Lennon (in Los Angeles, CA), singer
  In 1940 Frank Zappa, musician, composer
  In 1944 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
  In 1948 Dave Kingman, baseball player
  In 1954 Chris Evert Lloyd (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), tennis pro, 'Miss pokerface'
  In 1968 Khrystyne Haje, actor (Head of the Class)

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle (Anglican)
        + Feast of St. Peter Canisius
        + Saturnalia
        + The Winter Solstice, shortest day of the year
        + Ursid meteor shower
  In 1375 Boccaccio, author of Decameron, dies.
  In 1620 The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Mass.
  In 1790 Samuel Slater opens first textile factory in US, in Rhode Island.
  In 1909 University of Copenhagen rejects Cook's claim that he was first to
          reach the North Pole.
  In 1913 First crossword puzzle (with 32 clues), printed in New York World.
  In 1929 First group hospital insurance plan effected, Dallas, Texas.
  In 1933 Human blood serum first prepared.
  In 1937 First feature-length cartoon with color and sound premieres: "Snow
          White and the Seven Dwarfs"
  In 1946 Earthquake in Japan (8.4 on the Richter scale, 2,000 dead).
  In 1952 Broadway Tunnel opens in San Francisco.
  In 1954 Dr Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn was murdered.
  In 1968 Apollo 8 (Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders) is the first
          manned moon voyage.
  In 1973 Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, US and USSR meet in Geneva.
  In 1988 A terrorist bomb destroys a Pan-Am flight 103, a 747 bound from
          London to New York.  258 aboard the plane die, as do more than a
          dozen on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland, where the wreckage lands.
        + Two Soviet cosmonauts return to earth after living in space for 366
          days aboard space station Mir.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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