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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- June 5


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Interesting things that happened June 5th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1723 Adam Smith (in Kirkcaldy, Scotland), economist
  In 1883 John Maynard Keynes (in Cambridge, England), another economist
  In 1900 Dennis Gabor, inventor of holography (3D laser photography)
  In 1928 Tony Richardson, director
  In 1929 Robert Lansing, actor (The Equalizer)
  In 1934 Bill Moyers, news gatherer and commentator
  In 1956 Kenny G, saxophone player

Events worth noting:
        + Constitution Day, celebrated in Denmark
  In 1783 Joseph Jaques Montgolfier becomes the first to fly (10 minute) in a
          hot-air balloon.
  In 1833 Ada Lovelace (future first computer programmer) meets Charles
          Babbage.
  In 1849 Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy.
  In 1855 Anti-foreign, anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party's first
          convention.
  In 1863 CSS "Alabama" captures the "Tailsman" in the Mid Atlantic.
  In 1864 Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones is killed at Piedmont.
  In 1875 Pacific Stock Exchange formally opens.
  In 1917 10 million American men began registering for the draft in WW I.
  In 1920 First rivet driven on Bank of Italy headquarters at 1 Powell.
  In 1926 Indians triple play Yankees and win 15-3.
  In 1933 The United States went off the gold standard.
  In 1940 First synthetic rubber tire exhibited Akron, OH.
  In 1944 Liberation of Rome by Allied forces.
        + First B-29 bombing raid one plane lost; engine failure.
  In 1947 Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlines `The Marshall Plan'.
  In 1967 Richard Speck sentenced to death in the electric chair.
        + Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt begin Six-Day War.
  In 1968 Sen. Robert F. Kennedy assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los
          Angeles (by Sirhan Sirhan) after winning the Democratic Primary.
  In 1975 Suez Canal reopens (after 6 Day War caused it to close).
  In 1977 Revolution in the Seychelles Islands.
  In 1980 Soyuz T-2 is launched.
  In 1981 TODAY/PC ran for first time.
  In 1982 Conquistador Cielo wins the Belmont Stakes by 14 1/2 lengths.

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

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