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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- July 12

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Interesting things that happened July 12th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In    0 100 B.C. - Julius Cćsar, Roman emperor
  In 1730 Josiah Wedgewood, English pottery designer, manufacturer
  In 1817 Henry David Thoreau (at Concord, MA), naturalist, author, always had
          Ralph Waldo Emerson around to bail him out of trouble
  In 1849 Sir William Osler, Canadian physician, teacher, author
  In 1854 George Eastman (at Waterville, NY), inventor of the Kodak camera
  In 1868 Stefan George, German lyric poet
  In 1895 Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers
        + R. Buckminster Fuller, architect, inventor, philosopher, inventor of
          the geodesic dome
  In 1904 Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (Residence on Earth) (Nobel 1971)
  In 1908 Milton Berle, comedian, "Uncle Miltie", "Mr. Television"
  In 1917 Andrew Wyeth, American painter
  In 1922 Mark Hatfield (R), Oregon Senator
  In 1934 Van Cliburn, pianist
  In 1937 Dr. William Cosby, comedian, actor
  In 1944 Denise Nichols (in Detroit, MI)
  In 1957 Mel Harris

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days
        + Feast of St. John Gualbert, abbot
  In 1543 England's King Henry VIII weds Catherine Parr (6th and last wife).
  In 1689 Orangeman's Day -- Battle of the Boyne, Protestant victory in
  In 1812 US forces led by Gen. William Hull invade Canada during War of 1812.
  In 1817 First flower show is held at Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland.
  In 1862 Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor.
  In 1927 Babe Ruth hits 30th of 60 homers for the season.
  In 1928 First televised tennis match.
  In 1933 Congress passes first minimum wage law ($0.33 per hour).
  In 1934 US Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island abandoned.
  In 1948 1st jets to fly across the Atlantic (6 RAF de Havilland Vampires)
  In 1951 Yankee Allie Reynolds no hits the Indians 1-0.
  In 1957 First President to fly in helicopter - Dwight Eisenhower.
  In 1960 Echo I, first passive communications satellite launched.
        + USSR's Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs.
  In 1962 Cosmonaut Popovich in space first time 2, manned craft in space.
  In 1967 5th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-0.
  In 1975 Sao Tomé e Príncipe gains independence from Portugal (Nat'l Day).
  In 1977 First free flight test of Enterprise.
  In 1978 Sun Bank Building opens.
  In 1979 Kiribati (Gilbert and Ellice Is.) gains independence from Britain.
        + Minnie Ripperton dies of cancer at 30.
  In 1984 Geraldine Ferraro, NY became first woman major-party VP candidate.
  In 1985 Doctors discover a cancerous growth in Pres Reagan's large

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

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