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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- January 31

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Interesting things that happened January 31st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1797 Franz Schubert, composer
  In 1830 James G. Blaine, the 'Plumed Knight'
  In 1872 Zane Gray, American West novelist
  In 1892 Eddie Cantor, comedian
  In 1902 Tallulah Brockman Bankhead, actor (Lifeboat, A Royal Scandal)
  In 1919 Jackie Robinson, first black major league baseball player
  In 1923 Norman Mailer, writer
        + Joanne Dru (in West Virginia)
        + Carol Channing (in Seattle, WA), actor
  In 1929 Jean Simmons (in London), actor
  In 1937 Suzanne Pleshette (in New York City), actor (Bob Newhart Show)
  In 1938 James Watt, former Secretary of Interior
  In 1944 Jessica Walters (in New York City)
  In 1947 Nolan Ryan, baseball hotshot
  In 1957 Shirley Babashoff, US Olympic swimmer
  In 1981 Christan McKay, dancer

Events worth noting:
  In 1709 The British privateer "Duke" lands at Isla Mas a Tierra, where the
          crew discovers Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Robinson
  In 1851 San Francisco Orphan's Asylum, first in California, founded.
  In 1865 General Robert E. Lee is named Commander-in-Chief of all CSA armies.
  In 1871 Birds fly over the western part of San Francisco in such large
          numbers that they actually darken the sky.
  In 1905 First auto to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A. G. MacDonald at Daytona
          Beach, FL.
  In 1911 Congress passes resolution naming San Francisco as the site of the
          celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal.
  In 1928 Scotch tape first marketed by 3-M Company.
  In 1948 Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway.
  In 1950 President Truman authorized the development of the H-Bomb.
  In 1955 RCA demonstrates first music synthesizer.
  In 1958 First U.S. satellite, Explorer I, launched from Cape Canaveral.
  In 1961 Ham the chimp is first animal sent into space by the US.
  In 1971 Apollo 14 launched, first landing in lunar highlands.

And remember ...
  National Oatmeal Month
  International Get Over It Month

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