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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- May 16

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Interesting things that happened May 16th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1801 William H. Seward, who bought Alaska at $0.02/acre
  In 1905 Henry Fonda (in Grand Island, Nebraska), actor
  In 1912 Studs Turkel, author, social activist
  In 1913 Woody Herman, bandleader
  In 1931 Lowell Weicker, Republican Senator from Connecticut
  In 1952 Pierce Brosnan (in Ireland), actor
  In 1955 Debra Winger (in Columbus, Ohio), actor
        + Olga Korbut (in Russia), gymnast
  In 1966 Janet Jackson, singer, Michael's sister
  In 1969 Tracey Gold
  In 1970 Gabriela Sabatini, tennis professional, raqueteer

Events worth noting:
        + Armed Forces Day
  In 1770 Marie Antoinette married the future King Louis XVI of France
  In 1863 Battle of Champion's Hill.  Bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign.
  In 1866 Congress authorizes nickel 5-cent piece (the silver half-dime was
          used up to this point).
  In 1868 Senate fails by 1 vote to convict President Andrew Johnson.
  In 1872 Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for first time.
  In 1914 Ewing Field, near Masonic Street, opens.
  In 1920 Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome.
  In 1927 Bob Meusel steals second third and Home.
  In 1929 First Academy Awards were given out.  'Wings' won best picture. Best
          Actor went to Emil Jennings; Best Actress, Janet Gaynor.
  In 1948 Israel issues its first stamps.
  In 1955 American author and critic James Agee died in New York.
  In 1956 Kraft Theatre presented an act from 'Profiles in Courage.'
  In 1957 Yanks involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade.
  In 1969 Venera 5, Venus landing.  First successful landing on another
  In 1971 First Class Mail now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents).
  In 1975 Japanese Junko Tabei became first woman to reach Mt Everest's
  In 1984 Actor Andy Kaufman dies.
  In 1990 Sammy Davis, Jr., "The Complete Entertainer", dies of throat cancer.
          Later that day, Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, dies from
          pneumonia and complications.

And remember ...
  Better Hearing and Speech Month
  Older Americans Month

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