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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- November 17


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Interesting things that happened November 17th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1503 Il Bronzino, Florentine painter
  In 1587 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet, dramatist
  In 1717 Jean d'Alembert, French mathematician, scientist, philosopher
  In 1755 Louis XVIII, first post-revolutionary king of France (1814-24)
  In 1790 August Ferdinand Mobius, mathematician, inventor of Mobius strip
  In 1799 Titian Ramsey Peale, American artist, naturalist
  In 1887 Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (in Moville, Ireland)
  In 1890 Jack Cusack, pioneer in pro football, with Canton Bulldogs
  In 1904 Isamu Noguchi, sculptor
  In 1925 Rock Hudson (in Winnetka, Ill), actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to
          Arms, McMillan and Wife)
  In 1930 Bob Mathias, Olympian-turned-politician
  In 1937 Peter Cook, British actor, comedian
  In 1938 Gordon Lightfoot, folksinger
  In 1942 Martin Scorsese, director (Mean Streets, NY, NY)
  In 1943 Lauren Hutton (in South Carolina), model, actor (American Gigolo,
          Lassiter)
  In 1944 Danny DeVito, actor (Taxi, Ruthless People), director (War of the
          Roses)
        + Tom Seaver, baseball (NY Met Pitcher)
        + Lorne Michaels (Lorne Lipowitz, in Toronto, Canada), producer (SNL)
  In 1945 Elvin Hayes, NBA star
  In 1958 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  In 1959 William Moses, actor
  In 1961 Merette Von Kemp (in Denmark)

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St Gregory the Wonderworker, bishop, confessor
        + Leonid meteor shower, radiant in Leo
        + St Anianus' Day (bishop, martyr) (Anglican)
        + The Great American Smoke Out
  In 1558 Elizabeth I ascends English throne upon death of Queen Mary.
  In 1734 John Peter Zenger, newspaper editor, arrested for libel against NY
          colonial governor; later acquitted.
  In 1800 Congress convened for its first Washington, DC session.
  In 1853 Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections.
  In 1862 Confederate Sec. of War George B. Randolph resigns.
  In 1869 The Suez Canal opens.
  In 1884 Cops arrest John L. Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel."
  In 1913 The Panama Canal opens for use.
  In 1917 Sculptor August Rodin died in Meudon, France.
  In 1934 Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor.
  In 1940 Green Bay Packers become first NFL team to travel by plane.
  In 1948 Britain's House of Commons voted to nationalize steel industry.
  In 1956 Fullback Jim Brown, Syracuse, scores 43 pts (NCAA rec) vs. Colgate.
  In 1962 Dulles Intl Airport outside Wash DC, dedicated by Pres Kennedy.
  In 1967 Surveyor 6 becomes 1st man-made object to lift off the Moon.
  In 1968 The Heidi Bowl - NBC bails out of the lengthy Jets-Raiders game to
          begin "Heidi."  Fans are outraged.
  In 1970 Russia lands unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon.
  In 1973 Pres Nixon told AP "...people have got to know whether or not their
          pres is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."
  In 1977 Egyptian President Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit
          Israel.
  In 1982 South Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim was legally declared dead.
  In 1984 Islanders scored 20 assists against the Rangers.

And remember ...
  International Drum Month
  National Adoption Month
  National Diabetes Month
  National Impotency Month
  National Raisin Bread Month
  National Novel Writing Month

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