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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- July 8

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Interesting things that happened July 8th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1838 Ferdinand, Graf [Count] von Zeppelin, inventor
  In 1839 John D. Rockefeller, financier
  In 1907 George W. Romney, former Mich. governor, former US Housing Secretary
  In 1908 Nelson A. Rockefeller, former NY governor, 41st US VP (1974-77)
  In 1913 Walter Kerr, NY drama critic
  In 1914 Billy Eckstein, singer
  In 1931 Jerry Vale, singer
        + Roone Arledge, TV executive (ABC)
  In 1935 Steve Lawrence, singer, actor
        + Vitali I. Sevastyanov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 9, 18)
  In 1937 Barbara Ann Loden
  In 1940 Marcia Rodd
  In 1946 Cynthia Gregory (at Los Angeles, CA), ballerina
  In 1948 Kim Darby (in North Hollywood, CA), actor
        + Raffi, singer
  In 1951 Anjelica Huston
  In 1958 Kevin Bacon

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days
        + Feast of St. Elizabeth of Portugal, widow
  In 1663 King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
  In 1709 Battle of Poltava; Russians defeat Swedes.
  In 1776 Col. John Nixon gave first public reading of Dec of Independence.
  In 1777 Vermont constitution outlaws slavery, adopts male sufferage.
  In 1796 First American Passport issued by the US State Department.
  In 1835 The Liberty Bell cracks (again).
  In 1889 John L. Sullivan wins by KO in 75 rounds in last bareknuckle bout.
        + Vol 1, No 1, of "The Wall Street Journal" published.
  In 1891 Future president Harding marries Florence K. DeWolfe in Marion,
  In 1896 William Jennings Bryan makes his 'cross of gold' speech at the
          Democratic Convention in Chicago.
  In 1897 Harbor Hospital formally opens.
  In 1905 Part of Angel Island allocated for Immigration Detention Center.
  In 1907 Florenz Ziegfeld staged first `Follies' on the roof of the NY
  In 1909 First pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights.
  In 1912 Pitcher Rube Marquard loses after winning 19 straight games.
  In 1947 Demolition began in NYC for new permanent headquarters of the UN.
  In 1950 Gen. Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea.
        + Leroy Deans awarded first Order of Purple Heart in Korea.
  In 1959 Maj. Dale R. Buis and Master Sgt. Chester M. Ovnand first American
          soldiers to be killed during the Vietnam War.
  In 1974 Yank Shortstop Jim Mason ties record with 4 doubles in 9 innings.
  In 1975 President Ford announced he would seek the Republican nomination for
  In 1977 Sabra Starr finishes longest recorded belly dance (100 hrs).
  In 1978 Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus.
  In 1990 For one second this afternoon, the time is 12:34:56, 7-8-90.

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

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