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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 31

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Interesting things that happened December 31st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1869 Henri Matisse (in France), Impressionist painter
  In 1880 George C. Marshall, authored Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953), Army Chief
          of Staff throughout WWII
  In 1904 Nathan Milstein, concert violinist
  In 1905 Jule Styne, English songwriter
  In 1928 Hugh McElhenny, NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit)
  In 1930 Odetta, folk singer
  In 1932 George Schlatter, TV producer (Laugh In)
  In 1937 Anthony Hopkins, actor
  In 1941 Sarah Miles (in England)
  In 1943 Ben Kingsley, actor
        + John Denver, singer, actor (Oh God)
  In 1946 Diane von Fürstenberg (in Brussels, Belgium), fashion designer
        + Patty Smith (in Chicago, Illinois), musician
  In 1947 Tim Matheson, actor (Animal House, To Be or Not to Be)
  In 1948 Donna Summer (in Boston, MA), singer
  In 1950 Tom Hamilton, bass guitarist (Aerosmith)

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. Sylvester I, pope (314-35)
        + Make Up Your Mind Day
        + New Year's Eve
  In 1384 John Wycliffe, English religious reformer, died.
  In 1600 British East India Company chartered.
  In 1719 John Flamsteed, first Astronomer Royal and father of modern
          astronomy, dies at 73.
  In 1744 James Bradley announces discovery of earth's motion of nutation.
  In 1775 Battle of Québec.
  In 1776 Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation:
          Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors.
  In 1805 End of French Republican calendar.
  In 1852 Future President and Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes marry.
  In 1857 Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as the new capital of Canada.
  In 1862 Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
        + President Lincoln signs an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
        + The Union ironclad ship "Monitor" sank at Cape Hatteras, NC.
  In 1879 Cornerstone laid for Honolulu's Iolani Palace (only royal palace in
        + Edison gives public demonstration of his incandescent lamp.
  In 1890 Ellis Island opened as a US immigration depot.
  In 1907 The first time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the new year.
  In 1921 Last San Francisco Fire Dept. horses retired.
  In 1923 1st transatlantic radio broadcast of a voice, Pittsburgh-Manchester.
  In 1934 Helen Richey becomes the first female airline pilot, flying from
          from Washington D.C. to Detroit for Central Airline.
  In 1943 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at the Paramount Theater.
  In 1944 48 people die in a train accident in Ogden, Utah.
  In 1946 President Truman officially proclaims end of WW II.
  In 1951 First battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced.
  In 1958 Willie Shoemaker becomes the first jockey to win national riding
          championship 4 times.
  In 1961 Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion.
  In 1974 Free agent pitcher Catfish Hunter signs $3 million Yankee contract.
        + US citizens allowed to buy and own gold for first time in 40 years.
  In 1977 President Jimmy Carter visits Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi in Tehran,
          expressing continuing warm support for the Iranian regime that is
          massacring its people. Iranians label the United States "the Great
  In 1981 Lt Rawlings stages coup in Ghana.
  In 1984 Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in N.H.
        + Rajiv Gandhi took office as India's 6th PM.
  In 1997 Microsoft buys Hotmail E-mail service.
  In 1999 Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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