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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- May 20

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Interesting things that happened May 20th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1750 Stephen Girard, bailed out US bonds during the War of 1812
  In 1799 Honore de Balzac, novelist
  In 1818 William George Fargo, helped to found Wells, Fargo and Company
  In 1882 Sigrid Undset (in Norway), novelist
  In 1894 Adela Rogers St. Johns, journalist
  In 1908 James Stewart, actor
  In 1913 William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company
  In 1915 Moshe Dayan, Israeli general and politician
  In 1919 George Gobel, comedian
  In 1933 Constance Towers
  In 1944 Joe Cocker (in England), singer
  In 1946 Cher (in California), singer, actor
  In 1958 Jane Wiedlin, singer (The GoGos)
        + Ron Reagan Jr., dancer, son of President Ronald Reagan
  In 1959 Bronson Pinchot, actor
  In 1966 Mindy Cohn (in Los Angeles)

Events worth noting:
        + Armed Forces Day
  In 1506 Christopher Columbus dies in Spain (not in poverty).
  In 1830 First time a railroad timetable is published in a newspaper
          (Baltimore American).
  In 1845 First legislative assembly convenes in Hawaii.
  In 1861 North Carolina becomes 11th and last state to secede.
        + Kentucky proclaims its neutrality.
  In 1874 Levi Strauss markets his blue jeans with copper rivets, priced at
          $13.50 A DOZEN.
  In 1902 The United States ended its occupation of Cuba.
  In 1918 First electrically propelled warship (the New Mexico).
  In 1926 Thomas Edison said Americans preferred silent movies over talkies.
  In 1927 At 7:40am, Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross Atlantic.
  In 1932 Amelia Earhart left Newfoundland to become the first woman fly solo
          across the Atlantic.
  In 1939 Pan Am began transatlantic passenger and air mail service.
  In 1956 Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane - Bikini
  In 1959 Yanks sink to last place, first time since May 25, 1940.
  In 1961 White mob attacks 'Freedom Riders' in Montgomery, Alabama.
  In 1974 Soyuz 14 returns to Earth.
  In 1979 Cambodian Martyrs Day.
  In 1985 The US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti.
        + Dow Jones Average closed above 1300 for the first time.
        + FBI arrests John A. Walker Jr, convicted of spying for the USSR.
  In 1989 Actor Gilda Radner dies from ovarian cancer.
        + Actor Jon Pertwee (Dr. Who #3) dies of a heart attack.

And remember ...
  Better Sleep Month

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