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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- July 21


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Interesting things that happened July 21st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1816 Paul Julius, Baron von Reuter, founder of Reuters news service
  In 1864 Frances Folsom Cleveland, first lady
  In 1899 Ernest Hemingway, writer (Nobel 1954)
        + Hart Crane, American poet (The Bridge)
  In 1911 Marshall McLuhan, writer (The Medium is the Message)
  In 1920 Isaac Stern, violinist
  In 1922 Kay Starr, american singer
  In 1924 Don Knotts, comedian, actor
  In 1933 John Gardner, scholar, writer (Grendel, Sunlight Dialogues)
  In 1943 Christie McVie, singer (Fleetwood Mac)
  In 1948 Cat Stevens (aka Josef Islam), rocker, Islamic fundementalist
  In 1952 Robin Williams, actor (Mork & Mindy, The World According to Garp),
          comedian
  In 1957 Jon Lovitz (in Tarzana, California), actor (SNL)

Events worth noting:
        + Dog Days
        + Feast of St. Laurence of Brindisi, confessor, doctor
        + Independence Day, celebrated in Belgium
  In 1798 Napoleon Bonapart defeats Mamluks at the Battle of the Pyramids,
          starting a new French empire (while promising to liberate Egypt from
          foreign rule).
  In 1831 Belgium gains independence from Netherlands (National Day).
  In 1861 Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run) - first major battle of the US
          Civil War.
  In 1867 City Gardens on Folsom opens.
  In 1873 First US train robbery west of Mississippi, by Jesse James.
  In 1898 Spain cedes Guam to US.
  In 1921 Indians 9 and Yankees 7 doubles for a record 16 doubles.
  In 1925 John Scopes found guilty in Tenn. for teaching evolution.
  In 1940 Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.
  In 1944 US forces return to Guam after Japanese occupation.
  In 1954 At Geneva, France agrees to Vietnamese independence.  North and
          South zones continue to fight a civil war for another 20 years.
  In 1955 First sub powered by liquid metal cooled reactor launched - Seawolf.
  In 1959 First atomic powered merchant ship, Savannah, christened, Camden NJ.
  In 1961 Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Gus Grissom.
  In 1966 Gemini 10 returns to Earth.
  In 1969 Neil Armstrong steps on the moon at 2:56:15 a.m. (GMT).
  In 1975 Billy Martin fired as manager of the Texas Rangers.
  In 1976 "Legionnaire's Disease" kills 29 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  In 1984 First documented case of a robot killing a human in U.S.
  In 1986 Pleasure Island plans unveiled.

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

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