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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- February 18

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Interesting things that happened February 18th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1516 Queen Mary I, first reigning queen of Great Britain
  In 1745 Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta, invented the
          electric battery
  In 1848 Louis Comfort Tiffany, glassmaker
  In 1892 Wendell Wilkie, presidential candidate
  In 1894 Andres Segovia, guitarist
  In 1909 Wallace Stegner, Yosemite Calendar
  In 1920 Jack Palance, actor
        + Bill Cullen, game show host and panelist
  In 1922 Helen Gurley Brown in Portland Maine, publisher (Cosmopolitan)
  In 1933 Mary Ure, actor (Sons and Lovers, Where Eagles Dare)
        + Yoko Ono (in Tokyo, Japan), singer, wife of John Lennon
        + Kim Novak (in Chicago, Illinois), actor
  In 1950 Cybill Shepherd (in Memphis, TN), actor (Moonlighting)
  In 1954 John Travolta, actor
  In 1957 Vanna White (in South Carolina), game show hostess (Wheel of
  In 1964 Matt Dillon, actor
  In 1968 Molly Ringwald (in Los Angeles, CA), actor (Pretty in Pink)

Events worth noting:
        + National Bun Day -- Iceland
  In 1688 The Religious Society of Friends (Germantown, PA) holds the first
          notable protest against American slavery by white abolitionists.
  In 1849 First regular steamboat service to California started with the
          arrival of the "California".
  In 1856 The American Party (or "Know-Nothing Party") convenes to nominate
          its 1st presidential candidate at Philadelphia, PA.
  In 1861 C.S.A. President Jefferson Davis is inaugurated at Montgomery, AL.
  In 1865 Evacuation of Charleston, SC.
  In 1899 San Francisco named as a port of dispatch for Army transports.
  In 1930 Planet Pluto discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh.
        + A cow is flown (and milked in flight) for first time.  Her milk was
          sealed in paper containers and dropped by parachute over St. Louis,
          MO.  I knew you'd want to know ...
  In 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island (built
          for the occasion) in San Francisco Bay.
  In 1953 Premier of first 3-D feature film, "Bwana Devil", at NY city.
  In 1965 Gambian National Day
  In 1970 Five of the Chicago Seven are found guilty of crossing a state line
          with intent to incite a riot.

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