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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- June 16

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Interesting things that happened June 16th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1895 Stan Laurel, comedian (Laurel and Hardy)
  In 1903 Helen Traubel, opera singer
  In 1917 Katharine Graham, newspaper publisher ("Washington Post")
  In 1937 Erich Segal, author
  In 1938 Joyce Carol Oates
  In 1943 Joan Van Ark (in New York City), actor
  In 1951 Roberto Duran, boxer

Events worth noting:
  In 1567 Mary Queen of Scots thrown into Lochleven Castle prison.
  In 1775 The Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed's Hill).
  In 1858 "A house divided against itself cannot stand" Abraham Lincoln.
  In 1879 Gilbert & Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" debuts at the Bowery Theatre in
          New York City.
  In 1883 First baseball "Ladies' Day" (NY Gothams vs Cleveland Spiders).
  In 1903 First Highlander (Yankee) shut-out victory 1-0 over the White Sox.
        + The Ford Motor Company is started.
  In 1933 The U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation created (FDIC).
        + National Industrial Recovery Act becomes law (later struck down).
  In 1937 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" opens in LA.
  In 1941 First US federally owned airport opened Washington, D.C.
  In 1947 First network news - Dumont's "News from Washington".
        + Pravda denounces the Marshall Plan.
  In 1949 Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie, PA.
  In 1953 Despite Johnny Mize 2000th hit Yanks lose ending 18 game win streak.
  In 1961 Rudolf Nureyev, Soviet ballet dancer, defects to the West.
  In 1963 Levi Eshkol replaces David Ben-Gurion as Israeli prime minister.
        + Valentina V. Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space aboard
          Vostok 6.
  In 1976 US ambassador to Lebanon kidnapped and killed.
        + Soweto Day.
  In 1977 Werner von Braun dies at 65 from smoking.
        + Ron Guidry's first complete game 7-0 over the Royals.
        + Leonid Brezhnev named president of the USSR.
  In 1978 Tom Seaver no hits St Louis Cards.
  In 1982 Britain requests Argentina arrange for return of prisoners.
  In 1986 One-day general strike in South Africa.
  In 1987 Subway gunman Bernhard Goetz acquitted on all but gun possession
          charges after shooting four youths who tried to rob him.

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

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