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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 26

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Interesting things that happened December 26th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1194 Frederick II Hohenstaufen, Holy Roman emperor
  In 1716 Thomas Gray (in England), poet (Elegy Written in a Country Church
  In 1738 Thomas Nelson, merchant, signed Declaration of Independance
  In 1778 Juan Lovera, Venezuelan artist
  In 1792 Charles Babbage, invented calculating machine (first computer)
  In 1837 George Dewey, admiral, the American naval hero of Manila
  In 1891 Henry Miller, author (Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer)
  In 1893 Mao Tse-tung, Chinese leader, revolutionary, author
  In 1914 Richard Widmark, actor (Alamo, Judgement at Nuremberg)
  In 1917 Rosemary Woods, Nixon's secretary, keep her away from your tapes
  In 1921 Steve Allen, comedian, jazz musician
  In 1927 Alan King, comedian
  In 1942 Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo, president of Guatemala (1986-  )
  In 1948 Chris Chambliss, NY Yankee first baseman

Events worth noting:
        + Boxing Day, in Canada, United Kingdom (except Scotland.)
        + Feast of St. Stephen, martyr
        + National Whiner's Day
  In 1492 First Spanish settlement in New World founded, by Columbus.
  In 1773 Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia, PA.
  In 1848 First gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to San Francisco.
  In 1860 Maiden voyage of the first steamship owned by one man (Cornelius
  In 1865 James Mason invents the first American coffee percolator.
  In 1878 First store in the US to install electric lights (Philadelphia, PA).
  In 1917 Federal government took over operation of American railroads for the
          duration of WW I.
  In 1919 Yanks and Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth.
  In 1925 First East-West football game at Ewing Park before 25,000 fans.
  In 1933 US foreswears armed intervention in Western Hemisphere.
  In 1972 Harry Truman, 33rd US Pres dies at 88.
  In 1973 Soyuz 13 returns to Earth.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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