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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- June 17

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Interesting things that happened June 17th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1818 Charles Gounod (in France), composer
  In 1870 George Cormack, the inventor of "Wheaties" cereal
  In 1882 Igor Stravinsky, composer (Firebird Suite, The Rite of Spring)
  In 1904 Ralph Bellamy, actor
  In 1914 John Hersey, author
  In 1917 Dean Martin, singer, actor
        + Lena Horne (in Brooklyn, NY), singer (Stormy Weather)
  In 1920 Beryl Reid
  In 1946 Barry Manilow, singer, jingle writer (Like a Good Neighbor...)
  In 1947 Art Bell, king of late-night radio
  In 1948 Phylicia Rashad (in Houston, Texas), actor
  In 1951 Joe Piscopo (in Passaic, New Jersey), comedian, actor

Events worth noting:
        + Republic Day, celebrated in Iceland
  In 1579 Sir Francis Drake lands on the coast of California.
  In 1789 Third Estate in France declared itself a national assembly.
  In 1856 Republican Party opened its first convention in Philadelphia.
  In 1885 Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard the French ship `Isere'.
  In 1937 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" opens in NY.
  In 1940 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II.
  In 1942 First American expeditionary force to land in Africa (WW II).
  In 1944 Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland.
  In 1945 German Federal Republic National Day.
  In 1947 First round-the-world civil air service left N.Y. city.
  In 1953 Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stayed executions of spies
          Julius and Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for the next day (it was their
          14th wedding anniversary).
  In 1954 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ended.
  In 1963 Supreme Court strikes down rule requiring recitation of the Lord's
          Prayer or reading of Biblical verses in public  schools.
  In 1971 U.S. returns control of Okinawa to the Japanese.
  In 1972 Arrest of burglars starts the Watergate affair.
  In 1978 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike outs.
  In 1982 President Galtieri resigns in Argentina.
        + Ronald Reagan's "evil empire" speech.
  In 1985 Eighteenth Space Shuttle Mission - Discovery 5 is launched.
  In 1986 Singer Kate Smith died in Raleigh NC at age 79.
        + Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns Antonin Scalia nominated.
  In 1987 NY Yankee and KC Royal Mgr Dick Howser dies at 51 of brain cancer.

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

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