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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- May 19


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Interesting things that happened May 19th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1795 Johns Hopkins, philanthropist
  In 1861 Dame Nellie Melba, of Melba Toast and Peach Melba fame
  In 1890 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese communist, trail blazer, baker
  In 1918 Mike Wallace, newscaster
  In 1925 Malcolm X, civil rights activist
  In 1934 Jim Lehrer, news gatherer
  In 1935 David Hartman, morning news show host
  In 1941 Nora Ephron in New York, writer
  In 1945 Pete Townshend, musician
  In 1952 Grace Jones (in Jamaica), singer, actor (Conan II, View to a Kill)
  In 1959 Bill Laimbeer, basketball player (Pistons)

Events worth noting:
  In 1536 Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII of England, executed.
  In 1856 Sen. Charles Sumner, Mass, spoke out against the proslavery people.
  In 1862 The Homestead Act becomes law.
  In 1863 Siege of Vicksburg.  Investment of city complete.
  In 1864 Last engagement in series of battles known as Spotsylvania.
  In 1865 President Jefferson Davis is captured by Union Cavalry in Georgia.
  In 1885 First mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, MA).
  In 1928 51 frogs enter first annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" at Angel's Camp
          in Calaveras County, California.
  In 1971 Mars 2 launched.  First spacecraft to crash land on Mars.

And remember ...
  Better Sleep Month

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