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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 29

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Interesting things that happened December 29th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1721 Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of French King Louis the 15th
  In 1776 Charles MacIntosh (in Scotland), chemist, patented waterproof fabric
  In 1800 Charles Goodyear, invented vulcanization process for rubber
  In 1808 Andrew Johnson, 17th President (Unionist, 1865-1869)
  In 1809 William Ewart Gladstone (Lib), British PM (1868-74, '80-86, '92-94)
  In 1859 Venustiano Carranza, president of Mexico (1915-20)
  In 1876 Pablo Casals (in Spain), cellist
        + Lionel Tertis (in West Hartlepool, England), violist
  In 1879 Billy Mitchell, WW I aviation hero, General
  In 1917 Tom Bradley, Los Angeles mayor
  In 1920 Viveca Lindfors, actor (The Way We Were, Welcome to LA)
  In 1921 Marla Powers
  In 1934 Inga Swenson (in Omaha, Nebraska)
  In 1936 Ray Nitschke, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers)
  In 1937 Mary Tyler Moore (in Brooklyn, NY), actor (Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary
          Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People)
  In 1938 Barbara Steele
        + Jon Voight, actor (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy)
  In 1946 Marianne Faithful, rocker
  In 1947 Ted Danson, actor (Cheers, Three Men and a Baby)
  In 1952 Gelsey Kirkland, ballerina

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St Thomas of Canterbury (Thomas  Beckett)
  In 1170 Archbishop Thomas a Becket is murdered by supporters of Henry II.
  In 1845 Texas becomes the 28th state.
  In 1848 Gas lights installed at the White House for the first time.
  In 1851 First Young Men's Christian Association chapter opened in Boston.
  In 1852 Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants.
  In 1864 San Francisco Fire Department celebrates first annual ball.
  In 1890 Federal troops massacre 300 captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, SD.
  In 1911 San Francisco Symphony formed.
  In 1921 William Lyon Mackenzie King succeeded Arthur Meighen as Canadian PM.
  In 1931 Identification of heavy water publicly announced, H.C. Urey.
  In 1937 Pan Am starts San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand service.
  In 1949 First UHF television station operating regular basis, Bridgeport,
        + Hungary nationalized its industries.
  In 1952 First transistorized hearing aid offered for sale, Elmsford, NY.
  In 1975 11 killed, 75 hurt by terrorist bomb at LaGuardia Airport in NYC.
  In 1983 US announced withdrawal from UNESCO.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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