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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- October 17


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Interesting things that happened October 17th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1835 Alexandrine-Pieternella-Françoise Tinné, explored the White Nile
  In 1893 Spring Byington, actor "December Bride" (early sitcom.)
  In 1903 Irene Ryan (in El Paso, Texas), actor (Beverly Hillbillies)
  In 1908 Jean Arthur
  In 1915 Arthur Miller, playwright (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible)
  In 1919 Rita Hayworth (in New York), actor, alzheimer victim
  In 1921 Tom Poston, comedian, actor (Newhart)
  In 1928 Julie Adams (in Iowa)
  In 1929 Beverly Garland (in Santa Cruz, CA)
  In 1930 Jimmy Breslin, newspaperman and raconteur
  In 1933 William A. Anders, astronaut (Apollo 8)
  In 1938 Robert 'Evel' Knievel, motorcycle daredevil
  In 1945 Dave Cutler, CFL place kicker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  In 1946 Bob Seagren, pole vaulter
  In 1947 Charles A. Ingene, macromarketing researcher
        + Michael McKean (in New York, New York), actor (SNL)
  In 1948 Margot Kidder (in Yellowknife), actor (Superman)
  In 1949 George Wendt, actor (Cheers)

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch
        + Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin.
        + St. Ethelred's Day (Anglican).
  In 1492 Columbus sights the isle of San Salvador.
  In 1691 New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth.
  In 1777 British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga, NY.
  In 1781 Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown.
  In 1850 Knickerbocker Engine Co. Number 5 organized.
  In 1887 Gustav Kirchoff, discoverer of the laws of spectroscopy, dies.
  In 1894 Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man.
  In 1899 Sutro railroad sold to Robert F. Morrow for $215,000.
  In 1904 Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors.
  In 1919 Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created.
  In 1931 Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison.
  In 1933 Albert Einstein arrives in the US, a refugee from Nazi Germany.
  In 1941 First American destroyer torpedoed in WW2, the Kearny, off Iceland.
  In 1945 Juan Peron becomes dictator of Argentina.
  In 1957 Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit the White House.
        + French author Albert Camus named Nobel Prize in Literature
          recipient.
  In 1962 Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship.
  In 1964 Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra.
  In 1967 Pete Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km.
  In 1969 Soyuz 7 returns to Earth.
  In 1972 First time Islanders shut-out - 5-0 vs Penguins.
  In 1973 The Arab oil embargo begins. It will last until March, 1974.
  In 1977 Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament.
        + West German commandos storm a hijacked Lufthansa airliner in
          Mogadishu, Somalia, freeing all 86 hostages aboard and killing three
          of the four hijackers.
  In 1978 Islanders start 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8).
        + Pres. Jimmy Carter signs bill restoring citizen rights to
          Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
        + Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year.
  In 1979 Mother Teresa of India named Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
  In 1985 Lou Pinella named Yankee manager.
  In 1986 US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal
          aliens and offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982.
  In 1987 First World Series game in a covered stadium (Minnesota Metrodome).
  In 1989 San Francisco is hit by an earthquake (Richter 6.9) at 5:05 p.m.
          Over 1/2 mile of the upper deck of the Nimitz freeway collapses
          crushing hundreds of cars.  When it was over, 62 people had died and
          $6 billion in damage had occured.

And remember ...
  Clergy Appreciation Month
  Fantasy Month
  National Communicate With Your Kids Month
  National Pasta Month
  National Seafood Month

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