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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- June 11


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Interesting things that happened June 11th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1572 Ben Jonson, playwright
  In 1776 John Constable (in England), painter
  In 1823 Maj. Gen. James L. Kemper, hero of the battle of Williamsburg
  In 1847 Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, leader of English women's movement
  In 1864 Richard Strauss (in Germany), composer
  In 1867 Charles Fabry, discovered the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere
  In 1899 Y. Kawabata
  In 1907 Paul Mellon, philanthropist
  In 1910 Jacques Yves Cousteau (in France), marine explorer
  In 1915 William Styron, author
  In 1935 Gene Wilder, comedic actor
  In 1937 Chad Everett, actor
  In 1939 Jackie Stewart, race-car driver, Ford spokesperson
  In 1945 Adrienne Barbeau, actor
  In 1956 Joe Montana, football player

Events worth noting:
        + Kamehameha Day (celebrated in Hawaii).
  In 1770 Captain Cook runs aground on Australian Great Barrier Reef.
  In 1859 Claim laid to the Comstock (silver) Lode in Nevada.  The mine
          eventually produces more than $300 million in silver.
  In 1895 First known auto race.
  In 1919 Sir Barton becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown.
  In 1927 Babe Ruth hits 19th and 20th of 60 homers.
  In 1937 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" released.
  In 1942 US and USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during World War II.
  In 1947 World War II sugar rationing finally ends.
  In 1955 First magnesium jet airplane flown.
  In 1961 Roger Maris hits #19 and 20 of his 61 homers.
  In 1963 George Wallace backs down at the Alabama schoolhouse door.
  In 1970 U.S. leaves Wheelus Air Force Base, Libya.
  In 1977 Train and school hostage incident in the Netherlands ends.
        + Seattle Slew won Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown.
  In 1982 Israel and Syria stop fighting in Lebanon.
        + Larry Holmes defeats Gerry Cooney retains WBC heavyweight crown.
        + Movie "E.T.:  The Extra-Terrestrial" released.
  In 1991 Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0.

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

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