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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- July 5

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Interesting things that happened July 5th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1781 Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore
  In 1794 Sylvester Graham, inventor of the Graham cracker
  In 1801 David G. Farragut (in Knoxville, Tenn), American naval hero
  In 1810 Phineas T. Barnum (in Bethel, Conn), showman and circus promoter
  In 1857 Clara Zetkin, German women's rights advocate
  In 1891 John Northrop, US biochemist, crystallized enzymes (Nobel 1946)
  In 1902 Henry Cabot Lodge (R), politician
  In 1909 Andrei Gromyko, diplomat
  In 1926 Janůs Starker, Hungarian cellist
  In 1934 Katherine Helmond (in Texas)
  In 1936 Shirley Knight, actor
  In 1948 Julie Nixon Eisenhower (in Washington, DC), daughter of R. M. Nixon
  In 1951 Huey Lewis, singer
        + Richard 'Goose' Gossage, baseball relief pitcher

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days
        + Earth at aphelion.
        + Feast of St. Anthony-Mary Zaccaria, confessor
        + Independence Day, celebrated in Venezuela
  In 1266 Tynwald Day on Isle of Man.
  In 1687 Isaac Newton's PRINCIPIA is published by Royal Society in England.
  In 1808 Battle of Buenos Aires.
  In 1811 Venezuela gains independence from Spain (first South American
          country to do so).
  In 1830 The French occupied the North African city of Algiers beginning a 40
          year conquest.
  In 1841 Thomas Cook opens first travel agency.  They are first involved in
          organizing trips for groups opposed to alchololic beverages.
  In 1859 Capt. N.C. Brooks discovers Midway Islands.
  In 1861 Engagement at Carthage, Missouri (Civil War).
  In 1865 William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London, England.
  In 1935 First 'Hawaii Calls' radio program is broadcast.
        + President FDR signs into law the National Labor Relations Act.
  In 1937 Joe DiMaggio hits his first grand slammer.
  In 1938 Herb Caen gets his first column in the S.F. Chronicle.
  In 1940 Diplomatic relations broken between Britain and Vichy govt in
  In 1944 Harry Crosby takes 1st rocket airplane, MX-324, for maiden flight.
  In 1946 Louis Reard's Bikini swimsuit design debuts at a fashion show,
  In 1947 Larry Doby signs with Cleveland Indians - first black player in AL.
  In 1948 Carole Landis dies at age 29.
  In 1950 Law of Return passes allowing all Jews rights to live in Israel.
        + Pvt. Kenneth Shadrick of Skin Fork WVa - first US fatality in the
          Korean War.
  In 1951 Junction transistor invention announced, Murray Hill, NJ.
  In 1962 Mantle hits 2 homers enroute to 4 consecutive homers.
  In 1971 Amendment 26 to the US Constitution is formally certified.
  In 1975 Cape Verdes Islands independence after 500 years of Portuguese rule.
  In 1978 Soyuz 30 is launched.
  In 1984 Supreme Court weakens 70-year-old `exclusionary rule' -- evidence
          seized with defective court warrants can now be used in criminal
  In 1986 Nancy Reagan cuts red white and blue ribbon reopening Statue of
  In 1987 Australian Pat Cash wins Wimbledon-upsets No 1 seed Ivan Lendl.
  In 1989 Lt. Col. Oliver North, US National Security operative who ran the
          Iran-Contra arms sales for rebels' funding operation, is sentenced to
          a fine of $150,000, no jail time.

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

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