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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- July 31


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Interesting things that happened July 31st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1763 James Kent, legal scholar
  In 1901 Jean Dubuffet, French painter
  In 1912 Milton Friedman, economist
  In 1921 Whitney Young, Jr., civil rights leader, head of Urban League
  In 1939 France Nuyen (in Marselles France), actor (St. Elsewhere)
  In 1944 Geraldine Chaplin
  In 1951 Evonne Goolagong (in Australia), Tennis player

Events worth noting:
        + Delta Aquarid meteor shower, radiant in Aquarius.
        + Dog Days.
        + Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of Jesuits
  In 1498 Christopher Columbus is 1st European to discover island of Trinidad.
  In 1556 St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus died in
          Rome.
  In 1588 English fleet attacks the Spanish armada.
  In 1777 Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of the Continental
          Army.
  In 1789 The U.S. Customs Service is started.
  In 1790 First US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
  In 1813 British invade Plattsburgh, NY.
  In 1875 17th US president Andrew Johnson died in Tennessee at the age of 66.
  In 1922 18 year old Ralph Samuelson rides world's first water skis at Lake
          City, Minnesota.
  In 1938 Yanks suspend Jake Powell, after he said on Chicago radio "he'd hit
          every colored person in Chicago over the head with a club".
  In 1948 Pres Truman dedicates NY International Airport at Idlewild Field
          (later Kennedy Airport), NY.
  In 1964 US Ranger 7 transmits the 1st lunar close-up photos before impact.
          Takes 4,316 pictures before crashing on moon.
  In 1969 Mariner 6 makes its Mars flyby.
  In 1970 Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ending "Huntley-Brinkley Report" (No
          more "Goodnight, David." - "Goodnight, Chet.")
  In 1972 Democratic VP candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew.
  In 1977 Son of Sam shot to death 20-year-old Stacy Moskowitz.
  In 1978 Yanks now 7 1/2 out of 1st, picked up 7 games in previous 2 weeks.
  In 1980 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36.
  In 1981 7-week-old major league baseball strike ended.
        + Leader of Panama Gen. Omar Torrijos killed in a plane crash.
  In 1984 US men's gymnastics team won team gold medal at LA Summer Olympics.

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

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