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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 24


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Interesting things that happened December 24th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1745 Benjamin Rush, American physician, patriot, humanitarian
  In 1809 Kit Carson, Western scout
  In 1818 James Prescott Joule, physicist, discovered conservation of energy
  In 1822 Matthew Arnold, English poet (Dover Beach)
  In 1868 Emanuel Lasker (Germany), world chess champion (1894-1921),
          mathematician
  In 1881 Juan Ramón Jiménez, Spanish poet (Distant Gardens) (Nobel 1956)
  In 1905 Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire, aviation buff
  In 1907 I.F. Stone, American journalist
  In 1921 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington)
  In 1922 Ava Gardner, actor (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana)
  In 1930 Robert Joffrey, choreographer

Events worth noting:
        + Christmas Eve
  In 1524 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama dies in Cochin, India.
  In 1814 Treaty of Ghent signed, ending War of 1812 (this news did not arrive
          until after the Battle of New Orleans).
  In 1818 "Silent Night" composed by Franz Gruber, sung the next day.
  In 1851 Fire devastates Library of Congress in Wash, destroys 35,000
          volumes.
  In 1865 Several Confederate veterans form the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tn.
  In 1871 Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" premiere at the Cairo opera house.
  In 1906 First known radio program in US is broadcast from Brant Rock, Mass:
          Reginald A. Fessenden became first to broadcast music over radio.
  In 1910 Luisa Tetrazzini sings to 250,000 people at Lotta's Fountain.
  In 1920 Enrico Caruso gave his last public performance.
  In 1936 First radioactive isotope medicine administered, Berkeley, Ca.
  In 1943 FDR appoints Gen. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces.
  In 1951 Libya gains independence from Italy.
  In 1966 Luna 13 lands on moon.
  In 1968 Apollo 8 astronauts, read Old Testament Book of Genesis passages as
          they enter lunar orbit.
  In 1970 Walt Disney's "The Aristocats" is released.
  In 1980 Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417
          seconds.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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