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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- June 2

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Interesting things that happened June 2nd:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1740 Marquis de Sade, first well-known sadist
  In 1835 Pope Pius X, Catholic
  In 1840 Thomas Hardy (in England), novelist
  In 1857 Sir Edward Elgar, composer (Pomp and Circumstance, Enigma
  In 1890 Hedda Hopper, gossip columnist
  In 1904 Johnny Weissmuller, swimmer, actor (Tarzan)
  In 1927 Phillip Burton
  In 1929 Chuck Barris, TV producer, game show host (Gong Show)
  In 1937 Sally Kellerman, in California
  In 1940 King Constantine of Greece
  In 1941 Stacy Keach, actor (Hammer)
        + Charlie Watts, drummer (Rolling Stones)
  In 1944 Marvin Hamlisch, pianist, composer
  In 1948 Jerry "the Beaver" Mathers, actor (Leave it to Beaver)
  In 1955 Dana Carvey (in Missoula, Montana), comedian, impressionist

Events worth noting:
        + Republic (Constitution) Day, celebrated in Italy
  In 1835 P.T. Barnum and his circus begin their first tour of the U.S.
  In 1851 First Prohibition law enacted in Maine.
  In 1858 The Donati Comet first seen, named after its discoverer.
  In 1864 Battle of Cold Harbour, Day 2.
  In 1865 At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders the Trans-Mississippi Dept.
  In 1866 Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to U.S. forces.
  In 1873 Ground broken on San Francisco's Clay Street for world's first
          cable-powered railroad.
  In 1883 First night baseball under lights Fort Wayne, IN.
  In 1886 First president to be married in the White House -- Grover
  In 1910 Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea.
  In 1924 U.S. citizenship granted to all American Indians.
  In 1941 Yankee great Lou Gehrig dies at 37.
  In 1946 Italy becomes a republic in first election where women could vote.
  In 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey.
  In 1966 Surveyor 1 first American lunar lander.
  In 1967 Beatles release "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album in US.
  In 1977 New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City.
  In 1979 John Paul II first pope to visit a communist country (Poland).
  In 1983 Wiring failure causes toilet to catch fire in Douglas DC-9; 23 die
          at Cincinnati.

And remember ...
  National Adopt-a-Cat Month
  Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

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