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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- October 16

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Interesting things that happened October 16th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1708 Albrecht von Haller, the father of experimental physiology
  In 1758 Noah Webster, lexicographer
  In 1792 Francisco Morazán (Liberal), president of Central America (1830-40)
  In 1854 Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) Wilde (Dublin, Ireland), author
          (Picure of Dorian Gray), wit
  In 1863 Sir Austen Chamberlain, British foreign secretary (Nobel 1925)
  In 1888 Eugene O'Neill, playwright (Desire Under the Elms) (Nobel 1936)
  In 1890 Paul Strand, photographer
  In 1898 William O. Douglas, former Supreme Court justice
  In 1908 Enver Hoxha, post-war leader of Albania
  In 1921 Linda Darnell
  In 1925 Angela Lansbury, actor (Sweeney Todd; Murder, She Wrote)
  In 1927 Günter Grass, German novelist, poet (The Tin Drum), Nobel laureate
  In 1931 Charles W. Colson, presidential adviser
  In 1946 Suzanne Somers (in San Bruno Calif), actor (Three's Company)

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. Margaret, St. Hedwig, St. Mary Alacoque
        + World Food Day
  In 1775 Portland, Maine burned by British.
  In 1781 Washington takes Yorktown.
  In 1793 Marie Antoinette beheaded in France.
  In 1846 Dentist William T. Morton demonstrated the effectiveness of ether.
  In 1849 British seize Tigre Island in Gulf of Fonseca from Honduras.
  In 1859 Abolitionist John Brown leads group of 20 in a raid on the US armory
          at Harper's Ferry, VA.
  In 1861 Confederacy starts selling postage stamps.
  In 1916 Margaret Sanger opens the first public birth control clinic
          (Brooklyn, NY).
  In 1921 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from
          Frank Coughlin -- only mid-game coaching change in NFL history.
  In 1923 Disney Co. founded.
  In 1941 "Gordo" comic strip (by Gus Arriola) first appears in papers.
  In 1943 Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly opens the city's new subway system.
  In 1945 World Food Day.
  In 1946 Ten Nazi leaders hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg trials.
  In 1952 Woolworth's at Powell and Market (S.F.) opens.
  In 1957 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrive in Virginia.
  In 1962 Cuban missile crisis began as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba.
        + Yanks beat Giants 4 games to 3 in the world series.
  In 1964 Brezhnev and Kosygin replace Krushchev as head of Russia
        + China becomes world's 5th nuclear power.
  In 1969 Soyuz 6 returns to Earth.
  In 1970 Anwar Sadat elected president of Egypt, succeeding Gamal Abdel
  In 1971 Amphitheater in McLaren Park is dedicated in S.F.
  In 1973 Kissinger and Le Duc Tho jointly named Nobel peace prize recipients.
  In 1976 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth.
  In 1978 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected supreme pontiff-John Paul II.
  In 1981 Israel's General Moshe Dayan dies at 66.
  In 1982 Devils first road victory 6-5 over Penguins.
        + Mt Palomar Observatory first to detect Halley's comet on 13th
        + Shultz warns US will withdraw from UN if they vote to exclude
  In 1984 Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu named Nobel Peace Prize winner.
  In 1985 Intel introduces 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip.
  In 1986 Armand Hammer arrives back in US with Jewish refusenik David
  In 1987 18-month-old Jessica McClure is rescued 58 hours after she fell 22
          feet into a well shaft in Midland, TX.
        + 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England.
  In 1990 Jazz drummer Art Blakey dies.

And remember ...
  Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  Family History Month
  National Caramel Month
  National Orthodontic Health Month
  National Sarcastics Awareness Month

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