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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- October 8

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Interesting things that happened October 8th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1869 J. Frank Duryea, with his brother, invented first auto built and
          operated in the US
  In 1873 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram)
  In 1890 Eddie Rickenbacker, aviator
  In 1895 Juan Pern, president of Argentina (1946-55, 1973-74)
  In 1897 Rouben Mamoulian, movie director
  In 1909 Bill Hewitt, NFL end (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles)
  In 1916 Spark Matsunaga, Democratic Senator from Hawaii
  In 1920 Frank Herbert, sci-fi writer (Dune)
  In 1930 James Olson, actor (Andromeda Strain, Spell)
  In 1932 Claude Leveille, French-Canadian composer, singer
  In 1936 Rona Barrett, gossip columnist
  In 1939 Paul Hogan, actor (Crocodile Dundee)
  In 1941 Jesse Jackson (D), clergyman, presidential candidate
  In 1943 Chevy Chase (Cornelius Crane Chase, in New York, New York), actor
  In 1949 Sigourney Weaver (as Susan Weaver, in Los Angeles), actor (Aliens)
  In 1951 Johnny Ramone, rock guitarist
  In 1956 Stephanie Zimbalist (in New York City), actor (Remington Steele)
  In 1960 Francois Perusse, French-Canadian stand-up comic

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. Bridget, widow and St. Keyne, virgin (6th Century)
  In 1604 The supernova called "Kepler's nova" is first sighted.
  In 1840 First Hawaiian constitution proclaimed.
  In 1860 Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens.
  In 1862 Battle of Perryville, KY - Confederate invasion halted.
  In 1865 Earthquake in Santa Cruz Mountains.
  In 1869 Canadian Thanksgiving Day.
        + Franklin Peirce 14th president of US, died in Concord, N.H.
  In 1871 Nation's worst forest fire starts in Peshtigo, WI.  The Great Fire
          destroys over 4 sq. miles miles of Chicago.  Fires in Michigan
          started on the west coast and swept all the way across the state.
  In 1896 Dow Jones starts reporting an average of industrial stocks.
  In 1906 Karl Nessler demonstrates the first 'permanent wave' for hair, in
  In 1918 Sgt. Alvin York single-handedly kills 25, captures 132 Germans.
  In 1927 Yanks sweep Pirates in the world series.
  In 1933 Coit Tower dedicated in SF, a monument to firefighters.
  In 1934 Bruno Hauptmann was indicted for murder of Lindberghs' son.
  In 1935 Ozzie and Harriet Nelson married.
  In 1938 Yanks sweep Reds in the world series.
  In 1944 "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debut on CBS radio.
  In 1945 Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada.
  In 1956 Don Larsen's Perfect world series game beats Dodgers 2-0.
  In 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers announced they would move to LA.
  In 1960 Bobby Richarson hits a world series grand slammer.
  In 1962 N. Korea reports 100% election turnout, 100% vote for Workers'
  In 1970 Soviet author A. I. Solzhenitsyn named Nobel Prize for Lit.
  In 1978 Kenneth Warby sets world speed record on water (514 kph).
        + Yanks win third straight AL Championship against Kansas City.
  In 1981 Pres. Reagan greeted predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and
          Richard Nixon before their trip to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral.
  In 1983 First regular season Islander OT game beat Caps 8-7.

And remember ...
  Down's Syndrome Awareness Month
  National Apple Jack Month
  National Liver Awareness Month
  National Roller Skating Month

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