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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- January 4


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Interesting things that happened January 4th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1785 Jacob Grimm (in Germany), storyteller
  In 1809 Louis Braille, developed reading system for the blind
  In 1813 Sir Isaac Pitman, shorthand inventor
  In 1838 Charles Stratton (alias General Tom Thumb, famous short person)
  In 1914 Jane Wyman (in St. Joseph, MO), actor (Dynasty) and the first Mrs.
          Ronald Reagan
  In 1930 Barbara Rush in Denver Colorodo
  In 1935 Floyd Patterson, boxer
  In 1937 Dyan Cannon (in Tacoma, WA), actor and former Mrs. Cary Grant

Events worth noting:
        + National Trivia Day.
  In 1754 Columbia University opened.
  In 1862 Romney Campaign.  Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath.
  In 1863 Four-wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of New York.
  In 1896 Utah becomes the 45th state.
  In 1948 Burmese National Day.
  In 1959 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity.
  In 1962 First subway train to run automatically (unmanned) - NY City.
  In 1979 In an out-of-court settlement, $675,000 is awarded to the victims of
          the 1970 Kent State University shootings.
  In 1980 U.S. President Jimmy Carter cancels grain shipments to the USSR in
          protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
  In 1982 Golden Gate Bridge closed for the third time by fierce storm.

And remember ...
  National Diet Month
  National Love Yourself Month

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