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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- May 23

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Interesting things that happened May 23rd:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1707 Carolus Linnĉus (Carl von Linné, in Sweden), botanist, taxonimist
  In 1844 'Abdu'l-Bahá
  In 1883 Douglas Fairbanks, first and greatest of Hollywood's swashbucklers
  In 1910 Artie Shaw, band leader
  In 1919 Betty Garrett (in St Joseph, MO)
  In 1923 Alicia de Larrocha, pianist
  In 1928 Rosemary Clooney (in Kentucky), singer
  In 1931 Barbara Barrie (in Chicago)
  In 1933 Joan Collins (in London), actor
  In 1952 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler (in New Jersey), boxer

Events worth noting:
  In 1430 Joan of Arc captured by Burgundians who sold her to the English.
  In 1533 King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon marriage declared null and
          void by the newly formed Church of England.
  In 1701 Captain Kidd is hanged in London after convicted of piracy and
  In 1788 South Carolina became the eighth state of the Union.
  In 1861 Virginia citizens vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession.
  In 1862 Valley Campaign - Stonewall Jackson takes Fort Royal, Virginia.
  In 1864 Battle of North Anna, VA.  First of 3 days of fighting.
  In 1873 Postal Cards sold in San Francisco for first time.
        + Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established.
  In 1898 First Phillipine Expeditionary Troops sail from San Francisco.
  In 1903 H. Jackson and Sewall Crocker leave SF headed for NY driving a
          Winton on the first automobile trip across US.  (ending July 26)
  In 1908 Dirigible explodes over SF Bay, 16 passengers fall, none die.
  In 1911 NY Public Library building at Fifth Avenue dedicated by Pres Taft.
  In 1915 Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.
  In 1921 "Shuffle Along," the first black musical comedy, opens in New York
  In 1934 Bonnie and Clyde shot in Louisana ambush.
  In 1937 Industrialist John D. Rockfeller died in Ormond Beach, FL.
  In 1945 Nazi Himmler committed suicide while in prison at Luneburg, Germany.
  In 1948 Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive homers.
  In 1949 West Germany was proclaimed.
  In 1956 World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building.
  In 1960 Israel announced capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
  In 1989 Earthquake in The Macquarie Islands (8.2 on the Richter scale).
  In 1997 Seyyed Khatami wins the Iranian president election in a landslide,
          advocating a gentler interpretation of Islamic law.

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

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