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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- November 20

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Interesting things that happened November 20th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1602 Otto von Guericke, invented the air pump.
  In 1620 Peregrine White, son of William and Susanna White, born aboard the
  In 1726 Oliver Wolcott, governor of Conn., signer of Declaration of Indep
  In 1781 Andres Bello, Venezuelan diplomat, author, humanist
  In 1841 Sir Wilfrid Laurier (L), 7th Canadian prime minister (1896-1911)
  In 1858 Selma Lagerlof, Swedish novelist (Tales of a Manor) (Nobel 1909)
  In 1866 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge, first commissioner of baseball
  In 1886 Karl von Frisch, zoologist, bee expert (Nobel 1973)
  In 1889 Edwin Hubble, US astronomer, discoverer of galaxies, red shift
  In 1900 Chester Gould, cartoonist (gave Dick Tracy a job)
  In 1908 Alistair Cooke, raconteur (Masterpiece Theatre)
  In 1914 Emilio Pucci, fashion designer
  In 1916 Judy Canova (in Florida)
        + Robert A. Bruce, pioneer in exercise cardiology
  In 1917 Robert Byrd, Democratic Senator from West Virginia
  In 1919 Evelyn Keyes, actor
  In 1920 Gene Tierney, actor (Laura, Razor's Edge)
  In 1921 Phyllis Thaxter (in Portland, Maine)
  In 1923 Nadine Gordimer, South African writer (Lying Days)
  In 1925 Maya Plisetkaya, prima ballerina
        + Robert Kennedy (in Brookline, Mass), Democratic Senator from New
          York, U.S. Attorney General; later assassinated
  In 1926 Kaye Ballard (in Ohio), actor, comedian
  In 1927 Estelle Parsons, actor (Rachel, Rachel, Bonnie and Clyde)
  In 1932 Richard Dawson, (Family Feud, Hogan's Heroes)
  In 1939 Dick Smothers, comedian
  In 1942 Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Democratic Senator from Delaware
  In 1943 Veronica Hamel (in Philadelphia, PA), actor (Hill Street Blues)
  In 1946 Judy Woodruff, newscaster
  In 1949 Ahmad Rashad, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota), sportscaster
  In 1956 Bo Derek (in Long Beach, CA), actor? (10; Tarzan, Ape Man)

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St Felix of Valois, confessor
  In 1780 Britain declares war against Holland.
  In 1789 New Jersey became first state to ratify Bill of Rights.
  In 1862 Confederate army of Tennessee is organized under Gen. Braxton Bragg.
  In 1888 Willard LeGrand Bundy patents the first timecard clock.
  In 1894 U.S. intervenes in Bluefields, Nicaragua.
  In 1910 Revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero.
  In 1914 The State Department starts requiring photographs for passports.
  In 1931 Commercial teletype service begins.
  In 1942 NHL abolishes regular season overtime.
  In 1943 American forces land on Tarawa and Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Is.
  In 1945 International War Crimes Tribunal opens trial of Nazi leaders in
  In 1947 "Meet the Press" makes its TV Network debut on NBC.
        + Britain's Princess Elizabeth, marries Philip Mountbatten (the once
          and future prince) in London's Westminster Abbey.
        + UN General assembly looks into printing its own postage stamps.
        + First permanent TV installed on seagoing vessel (The New Jersey).
  In 1953 First airplane to exceed 1300 mph - Scott Crossfield.
  In 1967 At 11 AM, Census Clock at US Dept. of Commerce passes 200 million.
  In 1975 Spain's Gen. Francisco Franco dies in Madrid at 82.
  In 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became first Arab leader to address
          Israel's Knesset.
        + Walter Payton of Bears rushes for NFL-record 275 yards.
  In 1980 Billy Martin named A.L. Manager of the Year (Oakland A's).
        + Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes first solar-powered flight.
        + United Artists withdraws the $44 million movie 'Heaven's Gate' for
  In 1981 Anatoly Karpov, USSR retains world chess championship.
  In 1983 100 million watch ABC-TV movie "The Day After."
  In 1985 Yankee Don Mattingly named AL MVP.
  In 1986 UN's WHO announces first global effort to combat AIDS.

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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