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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- July 29


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Interesting things that happened July 29th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1861 Alica Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, first wife of Theodore Roosevelt
  In 1869 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (17, Magnificent Ambersons)
  In 1871 Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk, mystic, favorite of Tsarina
          Aleksandra, eventually assassinated
  In 1883 Benito Mussolini (Il Duce), Italian facist dictator
  In 1887 Tim Mara, NFL team owner (NY Giants)
  In 1890 Theda Bara, silent picture star, (Under Two Flags, Cleopatra)
  In 1892 William Powell, actor (the Thin Man movies)
  In 1898 Isidor Isaac Rabi (in Poland), atomic physicist (Nobel 1944)
  In 1900 Eyvind Johnson, Swedish novelist (Return to Ithaca) (Nobel 1974)
  In 1905 Clara Bow, silent screen actor (It, Saturday Night Kid)
        + Dag Hammarskj÷ld, second UN sec-gen (1953-61) (Nobel 1961)
        + Thelma Todd, actor
  In 1907 Melvin Belli, San Francisco's 'King of Torts', "actor"
  In 1925 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer
  In 1936 Elizabeth Dole, US Secretary of Transportation, president of the
          American Red Cross, presidential candidate

Events worth noting:
        + Delta Aquarid meteor shower, radiant in Aquarius
        + Dog Days
        + Feast of St. Martha, virgin
        + The start of the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California
  In 1835 First sugar plantation in Hawaii begun.
  In 1858 First commercial treaty between US and Japan is signed.
  In 1899 First motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, N.Y.
  In 1900 Italian King Umberto I assassinated.
  In 1914 First transcontinental phone link made Between NYC and San
          Francisco.
  In 1915 U.S. marines land in Haiti, stay until 1924.
  In 1920 First transcontinental airmail flight from New York to San
          Francisco.
  In 1928 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" is released.
  In 1952 First transpacific non-stop flight by jet.
  In 1957 International Atomic Energy Agency established by UN
        + Jack Paar's Tonight show premiers.
  In 1958 Pres. Eisenhower signs into law National Aeronautics and Space
          Administration (NASA) and Space Act of 1958.
        + Southern Pacific Bay Ferries stop running.
  In 1978 Pioneer 11 transmitted images of Saturn and its rings.
  In 1981 The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
  In 1985 Nineteenth Space Shuttle Mission - Challenger 8 is launched.

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

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