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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- January 18


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Interesting things that happened January 18th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1779 Peter Roget, wrote a thesaurus, invented the log-log slide rule and
          pocket chessboard
  In 1782 Daniel Webster, early American orator and politician
  In 1813 Joseph Farwell Glidden, invented first commercially useable barbed
          wire
  In 1854 Thomas A. Watson, famous assistant needed by Bell
  In 1867 Ruben Dario
  In 1892 Oliver Hardy, of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy
  In 1904 Cary Grant, actor, was married to Dyan Cannon
  In 1913 Danny Kaye, actor, comedian, conductor, humanitarian
  In 1922 Constance Moore (in Sioux City, IA)
  In 1955 Kevin Kostner, actor (Silverado, Untouchables, Dances With Wolves)

Events worth noting:
        + National Clean Off Your Desk Day
  In 1644 First UFO sighting in America, by perplexed Pilgrims in Boston.
  In 1777 San Jose, CA is founded.
  In 1778 Captain James Cook stumbles over the Hawaiian Islands.
  In 1840 1st issue of Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, 1st US electrical
          journal.
  In 1862 Confederate Territory of Arizona is formed.
        + John Tyler, 10th president of USA, dies in Richmond at 72.
  In 1869 The elegant California Theatre opens in San Francisco, CA.
  In 1896 1st demonstration of an x-ray machine in the US, New York City.
  In 1911 First shipboard landing of a plane (from Tanforan Park to the USS
          Pennsylvania).
  In 1913 Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole.
  In 1919 Versailles Peace Conference.
  In 1949 First U.S. Congressional Standing Committee headed by a black (W.
          Dawson)
  In 1956 Tunisian National Day
  In 1969 Soyuz 5 returns to Earth.
  In 1980 Barbara Britton dies.
  In 1986 24th Space Shuttle Mission - Columbia 7 returns to Earth.

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

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