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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- February 17


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Interesting things that happened February 17th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1766 Thomas Malthus (in England), economist
  In 1844 A. Montgomery Ward, found mail-order a nice business
  In 1908 Walter Lanier "Red" Barber, sports announcer, radio commentator
          (NPR)
  In 1924 Margaret Truman, former first daughter
  In 1925 Hal Holbrook, actor
  In 1934 Alan Bates, actor
  In 1945 Pat Morrow (in Los Angeles), actor (Peyton Place)
  In 1947 Dodie Stevens
  In 1962 Lou Diamond Philips, actor
  In 1963 Michael Jordan, gravity-defying hoopster
  In 1970 Tommy Moe, skier (Gold and Silver medal winner)

Events worth noting:
  In 1801 Thomas Jefferson is elected 3rd U.S. president over Aaron Burr,
          following a tie vote in the electoral college and 35 tie votes in the
          House of Representatives.
  In 1864 CSS "HL Hunley" becomes first submarine to sink an enemy ship.
  In 1870 Esther Hobart Morris is appointed the first female justice of the
          peace in U.S. history.
  In 1876 Sardines were first canned, in Eastport, Maine.
  In 1878 First telephone exchange in San Francisco opens with 18 phones.
  In 1944 Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (U.S. victory on Feb 22).
  In 1959 First weather satellite launched (Vanguard 2, 9.8kg).
  In 1985 First Class Postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents.
  In 1992 Serial killer Jeffery Dahmer is sentenced to 15 consecutive life
          sentences following conviction on 15 counts of 1st-degree murder.
  In 1998 Voyager 1 passed the Pioneer 10 spacecraft to become the most
          distant human-made object in space.

And remember ...
  International Friendship Month
  National Children's Dental Health Month
  Chocolate Month

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