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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- May 1

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Interesting things that happened May 1st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1769 Duke of Wellington, who made Napoleon very unhappy
  In 1825 George Inness, American landscape painter
  In 1830 Mary Harris "Mother Jones" Jones, hellraiser
  In 1852 Martha Jane "Calamity Jane" Canary (in Princeton, Missouri), Wild
          West celebrity
  In 1909 Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America)
  In 1916 Glenn Ford, actor
  In 1917 Danielle Darieux (in France)
  In 1918 Jack Paar, comedian, TV talk show host (Tonight Show, 1957-62)
  In 1939 Judy Collins (in Seattle, Wash), singer
  In 1945 Rita Coolidge (in Tennessee), singer
  In 1954 Ray Parker, Jr., musician
  In 1960 Steve Cauthen

Events worth noting:
        + A baseball club can re-sign their own free agents.
        + May Day
        + Law Day
        + Mother Goose Day
        + National Peace of Mind Day (US)
  In 1707 England, Wales and Scotland form Great Britain.
  In 1840 First adhesive postage stamps ("Penny Blacks" from England) issued.
  In 1841 First wagon train leaves Independance, MO, for California.
  In 1850 John Geary becomes first mayor of City of San Francisco.
  In 1860 San Francisco's first school for the deaf founded on Tehama Street.
  In 1863 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi.
        + Beginning of four day Battle of Chancellorsville.
  In 1869 Folies-Bergere opens in Paris.
  In 1873 First U.S. postal card issued.
  In 1884 Construction begins in Chicago on the first skyscraper.
  In 1886 A strike for the eight-hour work day begins in Chicago -- the first
          May Day celebrated as International Labor Day.
  In 1890 First May Day celebrated by International Workers' Congress.
  In 1892 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island.
  In 1920 Babe Ruth's first Yankee homer and 50th of his career, out of Polo
  In 1926 Dodgers and Braves deadlock at 1-1 in 26 innings.
  In 1928 Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration).
  In 1931 Empire State Building opened in NY City.
  In 1932 Charles Lindbergh's baby was kidnapped.
  In 1941 "Citizen Kane" premiers.
  In 1945 Hitler's suicide announced over German radio.
  In 1947 Radar for commercial and private planes first demonstrated.
  In 1949 Kuiper's Discovery of Nereid, Moon of Neptune.
  In 1951 Mickey Mantle hits his first homer.
  In 1955 Bobby Feller pitches his 15th 1 hit or less game.
  In 1960 Russia shoots down US spy plane U-2 with Francis Gary Powers
  In 1961 A passenger hijacks a National Airlines airline to Cuba, the first
          in a series of skyjackings to Cuba. President Fidel Castro returns
          the plane and 10 passengers the same day.
  In 1964 First BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth).
  In 1975 Islander Parise and Potvin score within 14 seconds in playoffs.
  In 1981 Radio Shack releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3.

And remember ...
  National Tavern Month
  National Moving Month

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