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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- May 8

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Interesting things that happened May 8th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1786 Thomas Hancock, founded British rubber industry
  In 1828 Henri Dunant, founded Red Cross, YMCA
  In 1829 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, first internationally recognized US pianist
  In 1884 Harry S Truman (near Lamar, MO), 32nd President (1945-1953)
  In 1895 Fulton J. Sheen, bishop
  In 1926 David Attenborough, environmentalist
        + Don Rickles, comedian, actor
  In 1930 Gary Snyder Yosemite Calendar
  In 1935 Salome Jens (in Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  In 1937 Dennis DeConcini, Democratic Senator from Arizona
  In 1940 Peter Benchley, author (Jaws), son of author Nathaniel Benchley,
          grandson of author/humorist/actor Robert Benchley
  In 1942 Angel Cordero, jockey
  In 1943 Toni Tennille, singer
  In 1951 Philip Bailey
  In 1964 Melissa Gilbert (in Los Angeles)

Events worth noting:
        + No Socks Day
  In  514 Mother's Day.  Give her a call today.
  In 1541 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto is first European to see
          Mississippi River.
  In 1846 First major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas.
  In 1862 Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell.
  In 1864 Atlanta Campaign: Severe fighting near Dalton.
        + Initial fighting at Spotslyvania Court House.
  In 1879 George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile.
  In 1886 Atlanta pharmacist John Stith Pemberton invents Coca Cola.
  In 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea ends.
  In 1945 VE Day - Germany's surrender takes effect, ending World War II in
  In 1946 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game.
  In 1951 Dacron men's suits introduced.
  In 1954 First shot-put over 60 feet - Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, Ca.
  In 1958 V.P. Richard Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed, and spat upon by
          protesters in Peru.
  In 1961 Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington.
        + First practical sea water conversion plant - Freeport, Texas.
  In 1968 First perfect game in the AL in 46 years - Catfish Hunter.
  In 1970 Beatles release "Let it Be" album.
        + Knicks beat Lakers for basketball championship.
  In 1971 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden.
  In 1973 Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for ten
          weeks surrendered.
  In 1979 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3.
  In 1981 Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, 1 short of record.
  In 1984 USSR announces it will not participate in the LA Summer Olympics.

And remember ...
  National Tavern Month
  National Moving Month

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