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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- July 1

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Interesting things that happened July 1st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1646 Gottfried W Leibniz, mathematician-philosopher
  In 1788 Jean-Victor Poncelet, mathematician, founder of projective geometry
  In 1804 George Sand, French Romantic novelist (Valentine, Le Figaro)
  In 1807 Thomas Green Clemson, mining engineer, endowed Clemson University
  In 1853 Cecil John Rhodes, South African politician, diamond merchant
  In 1872 Louis Bleriot, first man to fly an airplane across English Channel
  In 1879 Lon Jouhaux, French socialist, cofounder of UN's ILO (Nobel 1951)
  In 1902 William Wyler, motion picture director (Mrs. Miniver)
  In 1912 David Brower
  In 1916 Olivia DeHaviland (in Tokyo, Japan), actor
  In 1925 Farley Granger, actor
  In 1931 Leslie Caron (in Paris, France), actor
  In 1934 Jean Marsh (in London, England)
        + Sydney Pollack, director
  In 1936 Jamie Farr, actor (M*A*S*H)
  In 1937 "Wolfman Jack", a howling success in radio
  In 1941 Sally Quinn, news reporter (CBS)
        + Twyla Tharp (in Indiana), choreographer
  In 1942 Genevieve Bujold (in Montreal, Canada), actor
        + Karen Black, actor (Easy Rider)
  In 1952 Daniel Edward Aykroyd (in Ottawa, Canada), comedian, actor
  In 1956 Lorna Patterson (in Whittier, CA)
  In 1960 Evelyn 'Champagne' King, singer
  In 1961 Carl Lewis, US track and field star
        + Princess Diana Spencer (in England), Prince Charles' wife

Events worth noting:
        + Dominion Day (Canada)
        + Memorial Day (Newfoundland)
        + Feast of the Precious Blood of Jesus
  In 1535 Sir Thomas More went on trial in England charged with treason.
  In 1690 Army of England's Protestant King William III defeats former Roman
          Catholic King James II in the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.
  In 1776 First vote on the Declaration of Independence.
  In 1798 Napoleon Bonapart lands at Alexandria in his first effort to
          establish a French empire.
  In 1823 United Provinces of Central America gain independence from Mexico.
  In 1847 Amateur astronomer M. Hencke discovers his second asteroid, Hebe.
        + First adhesive US postage stamps go on sale.
  In 1850 At least 626 ships lying at anchor around San Francisco Bay.
  In 1861 First public schoolhouse in San Freancisco opens at Washington and
          Mason Streets.
  In 1862 Congress outlaws polygamy; bad news for Utah.
        + Day 7 of the Seven Days - Battle of Malvern Hill.
  In 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, PA - First day of action.  Lee's northward
          advance is halted.
  In 1867 Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain. British NA
          Act unites Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
  In 1873 Prince Edward Island becomes 7th Canadian province.
  In 1898 Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill.
  In 1899 San Francisco City Hall turned over to city, after 29 years of
  In 1916 Eisenhower married Mary 'Mamie' Geneva Doud in Denver, Colorado.
        + First Battle of the Somme commences.
  In 1919 First Class Postage DROPS to 2 cents from 3 cents.
  In 1931 Ice vending machines introduced in Los Angeles. 25 lbs, 15 cents.
  In 1932 N.Y. Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated for president at the
          Democratic Convention in Chicago.
  In 1941 DiMaggio ties Willie Keeler's 44 game hitting streak.
        + First commercial TV licenses granted -- W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) and WCBW
          (CBS), New York City.
  In 1943 First withholding tax from paychecks.
  In 1944 Bretton Woods Conference establishs worldwide financial system
          (International Monetary Fund and World Bank).
  In 1959 World Refugee Year.
  In 1960 Ghana becomes a republic.
        + Italian Somalia gains independence, unites with Somali Republic.
  In 1961 Haleakala National Park established in Hawaii.
  In 1962 Burundi and Rwanda gain independence from Belgium (National Days).
  In 1963 Beatles record "She Loves You".
  In 1966 Construction crews begin tearing up Market St. in San Francisco to
          build BART.
        + Medicare established to help elderly with health care costs.
  In 1968 US, Britain, USSR and 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation
  In 1969 Charles Philip Arthur George invested as the Prince of Wales.
        + Former Rolling Stones' guitarist Brian Jones dies.
  In 1971 Golden Gate Bridge paid for (so why is there still a toll?).
  In 1973 Caribbean Day
  In 1975 WEDway PeopleMover inaugurated.
  In 1977 Virginia Wade beats Betty Stove for Wimbeldon's woman's singles.
  In 1982 Kosmos 1383, first search and rescue satellite, launched.
        + More than 2000 Unification Church couples married at New York's
          Madison Square Garden.
  In 1987 NYC radio station WFAN-AM becomes the first 24 hour all sports radio
          replacing WHN's country music; WYNY-FM adopts country music format
  In 1991 Michael Landon dies of cancer.

And remember ...
  Baked Beans Month
  Hot Dog Month
  Ice Cream Month

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