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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- May 17

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Interesting things that happened May 17th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1444 Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter (who died on his birthday in
  In 1749 Edward Jenner (in England), physician, inventor of vaccination
  In 1836 Joseph Norman Lockyer (in Rugby, England), discovered helium
  In 1866 Erik Satie, composer
  In 1900 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, former Iranian spiritual leader,
  In 1911 Maureen O'Sullivan (in Boyle, Ireland)
  In 1912 Arhcibald Cox, Watergate special prosecutor
  In 1918 Birgit Nilsson, opera singer
  In 1936 Dennis Hopper, actor, photographer, art collector, easy rider
  In 1950 Christian Lacroix, French fashion guru
  In 1953 Kathleen Sullivan, actor
  In 1956 "Sugar" Ray Leonard, World Boxing Council middleweight champion
        + Bob Saget
  In 1963 Brigitte Nielsen (in Helsingor, Denmark), actress
  In 1970 Jordan Knight

Events worth noting:
        + Constitution Day (Norway)
  In 1620 First merry-go-round seen at a fair in Philippapolis, Turkey.
  In 1792 24 merchants form the NY Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.
  In 1814 Norway's constitution was signed providing for a limited monarchy.
  In 1845 Rubber band is patented.
  In 1872 Bohemian Club incorporated.
  In 1875 First Kentucky Derby run at Churchill Downs.  Winner was Aristides.
  In 1884 The Alaska Organic Act establishes a territorial government.
  In 1898 Camp Merritt established in the Presidio.
  In 1916 Daylight savings time (British Summer Time) is used for the first
          time in Great Britain.
  In 1921 President Harding opens (via telephone) first Valencia Orange Show
          in Anaheim.
  In 1938 Radio quiz show 'Information Please!' debuts on NBC Blue Network.
  In 1939 First sports telecast - Columbia vs Princeton - College baseball.
  In 1940 Nazis occupied Brussels, Belgium.
  In 1954 Supreme Court rules on Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, reversing
          the 1896 'separate but equal' Plessy vs. Ferguson decision.
  In 1960 First atomic reactor system to be patented, J. W. Flora, Canoga
          Park, CA.
  In 1962 Marin County withdraws from BART district.
  In 1970 Thor Heyerdahl leaves Safi in the Ra II, heading west.
  In 1973 The Senate Watergate Committee began its hearings.
  In 1983 Israel and Lebanon sign a peace accord.
  In 1993 Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled.

And remember ...
  National Bike Month
  School Principals' Month

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