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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- March 31


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Interesting things that happened March 31st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1596 Rene Descartes, he thought, therefore he was (or so he thought)
  In 1732 Franz Josef Haydn, composer, helped develop the Classical style
  In 1809 Edward FitzGerald, writer, translator (Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)
  In 1811 Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen, of burner fame
  In 1854 Sir Dugald Clerk, inventor of the 2-stroke motorcycle engine
  In 1915 Henry Morgan, actor, first to take off shirt on TV
  In 1922 Richard Kiley, actor
  In 1927 William Daniels, actor (St. Elsewhere)
        + Cesar Chavez, labor leader
  In 1928 Gordie Howe, hockey player
  In 1934 Shirley Jones (in Pennsylvania), actor (Partridge Family)
  In 1935 Richard Chamberlain, actor (Dr. Kildare, many mini-series)
        + Herb Alpert, trumpeter, A & M Music executive, Tijuana Brass leader
  In 1940 Patrick Leahy, Democratic  Senator (Vermont)
  In 1943 Christopher Walken, actor (Dead Zone, View to a Kill)
  In 1945 Gabe Kaplan, comedian, actor (Welcome Back Kotter)
  In 1948 Rhea Perlman (in Brooklyn, NY), actor (Taxi, Cheers)

Events worth noting:
  In 1831 Quebec and Montreal were incorporated as cities.
  In 1849 Col. John W. Geary arrives as first postmaster of San Francisco.
  In 1862 Action at Island No. 10 on the Mississippi River.
  In 1868 Chinese Embassy arrives aboard the steamship "China".
  In 1870 Thomas P. Mundy became the first black to vote in US (Perth Amboy,
          NJ)
  In 1880 Wabash, IN -- first town completely illuminated with electric light.
  In 1889 The Eiffel Tower in Paris was completed and officially opened to the
          public.
  In 1917 U.S. took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.
  In 1921 Albert Einstein lectures in New York on his new theory of
          relativity.
  In 1923 First dance marathon - NYC - Alma Cummings setting record of 27 hrs.
  In 1932 Ford Motor Company publicly unveiled its V-8 engine.
  In 1933 Congress authorized the Civilian Conservation Corps.
        + First newspaper published on pine pulp paper, "Soperton News" (Ga).
  In 1941 Ground broken for Union Square Garage.
  In 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway.
  In 1949 Newfoundland entered confederation as Canada's 10th province.
  In 1953 U.N. Security Council nominated Dag Hammarskjold secretary-general.
  In 1958 U.S. Navy forms atomic submarine division.
  In 1963 Los Angeles ends streetcar service after nearly 90 years.
  In 1968 Pres. L. B. Johnson announced he would not seek re-election.
  In 1976 Court ruled Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from
          respirator.
  In 1980 Jesse Owens of 1936 Berlin Olympics fame died in AZ at 66.
  In 1986 167 die when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed.

And remember ...
  Foot Health Month
  International Hamburger and Pickle Month
  National Frozen Food Month
  National Furniture Refinishing Month
  National Nutrition Month (US)
  National Peanut Month
  National Women's History Month
  Red Cross Month
  Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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