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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- July 16

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Interesting things that happened July 16th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1704 John Kay, English machinist, inventor of the flying shuttle
  In 1723 Sir Joshua Reynolds, English portrait painter
  In 1746 Giuseppe Piazzi, discovered first asteroid, Ceres
  In 1821 Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science movement
  In 1858 Eugène Ysaÿe, Belgian violinist, conductor, composer
  In 1872 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer, discoverer of South Pole
  In 1888 Frits Zernike, inventor of phase-contrast microscope (Nobel 1953)
  In 1896 Trygve Lie, first Secretary-General of UN (1946-52)
  In 1907 Barbara Stanwyck, actor
        + Orville Redenbacher, popcorn king
  In 1911 Virginia McMath (a.k.a. Ginger Rogers) (at Independence, MO),
          dancer, actor
  In 1915 Bernard Hughes, actor (Tron)
        + Laverne Andrews (in Minneapolis, MN), singer (Andrew Sisters)
  In 1924 Bess Myerson (in New York), Miss America 1944
  In 1932 Milly Vitale
  In 1942 Margaret Smith Court, Australian tennis pro
  In 1948 Pinchas Zukerman, violinist
        + Ruben Blades, singer
  In 1952 Stewart Copeland, drummer (Police), composer
  In 1971 Corey Feldman

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days
        + National Blueberry Festival, Montrose, MI
        + Start of SPACEWEEK
  In 1212 Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa; end of Moslem power in Spain.
  In 1548 La Paz, Bolivia is founded.
  In 1769 Father Serra founds Mission San Diego, first mission in California.
  In 1790 Congress establishes the District of Columbia.
  In 1861 First major battle of the Civil War -- Bull Run.
  In 1894 Many black miners in Alabama killed by striking white miners.
  In 1920 Ruth sets season home run record with 30 enroute to 54.
  In 1927 Augusto Sandino begins war against US occupation of Nicaragua.
  In 1934 K. Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1334, Lundmarka.
  In 1935 First automatic parking meter in US installed, Oklahoma City, OK.
  In 1945 First atomic blast, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico at 5:29:46
          MWT (Mountain War Time).  "Now I am become Death, the destroyer
          worlds." -- J. Robert Oppenheimer, quoting an ancient Hindu text.
  In 1946 Attempt made to recall Mayor Lapham (first time in SF history).
  In 1947 Bobo Newsom won his 200th game, first as a Yankee and Yanks 18th
          straight.  In the night cap, Vic Rashi extended the streak to 19.
  In 1956 F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record of 1152 kph (716 mph).
  In 1969 Apollo 11, first manned ship to land on the moon, is launched.
  In 1994 1st piece of Comet Shoemaker-Levy hits Jupiter.

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

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