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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- January 8


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Interesting things that happened January 8th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1786 Nicholas Biddle, made second Bank of US first effective central
          bank.
  In 1821 Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, Commander First Corps, ANV
  In 1862 Frank Nelson Doubleday, publisher and founder of Doubleday and Co.
  In 1868 Sir Frank Dyson, proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity
  In 1904 Peter Arno, cartoonist
  In 1926 Milton Hines (AKA Soupy Sales), comedian
  In 1935 Elvis Presley, singer
  In 1937 Shirley Bassey (in Wales)
  In 1940 Little Anthony
  In 1942 Yvette Mimieux (in Hollywood, CA), actor
  In 1946 Tod Brannan
  In 1947 David Bowie, musician, actor
        + Laurie Walters, actor (8 is Enough)

Events worth noting:
        + Gynaikokratia is celebrated in Greece.  Roughly translated "women's
        + rule," women do what men do for the day: dance, drink, carouse, and
        + have fun while men stay home and take care of the kids and house.
        + Last day a ball club can re-sign their own free agent until May 1.
  In 1790 Pres Washington delivers the first "State of the Union" message.
  In 1798 11th Amendment ratified, Judicial powers construed.
  In 1815 Battle of New Orleans, made a hero out of Andrew Jackson (the War of
          1812 had ended on 12/24/1814, but nobody knew that).
  In 1838 First telegraph message sent using dots & dashes, New Jersey.
  In 1880 The passing of Norton I, Emperor of the US, Protector of Mexico.
  In 1889 Dr. Herman Hollerith received a patent for his tabulating machine.
  In 1913 Frank Chance becomes Yankee manager.
  In 1932 Ratification of present San Francisco City Charter.
  In 1935 Spectrophotometer patented by A. C. Hardy.
  In 1965 Sen. Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make the Marigold the
          national flower.  It doesn't pass.
  In 1982 AT&T agrees to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.
  In 1988 Hewlett-Packard introduces the HP-28S Advanced Scientific
          Calculator.

And remember ...
  National Celebration of Life Month

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