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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- October 18

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Interesting things that happened October 18th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1777 Heinrich von Kleist, German dramatist, poet
  In 1859 Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Creative Evolution) (Nobel 1927)
  In 1878 James Truslow Adams, historian
  In 1919 Pierre Elliot Trudeau (L), 15th Canadian PM (1968-79, 1980-84)
  In 1921 Jesse Helms, right-wing Senator from North Carolina (R), art critic
  In 1922 Richard Stankiewicz, U.S. sculptor
  In 1925 Melina Mercouri (in Athens, Greece)
  In 1926 Chuck Berry, Rock 'n' roll star
  In 1927 George C. Scott, actor (Patton, Excorcist, Scrooge)
  In 1928 Keith Jackson, sportscaster
  In 1929 Violetta Chamorro, President of Nicaragua
  In 1930 Frank Carlucci, National Security Adviser
  In 1933 Forrest Gregg, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys)
        + Peter Boyle, actor (Young Frankenstein, The Dream Team)
  In 1934 Inger Stevens (in Sweden)
  In 1939 Mike Ditka, tight end for Bears, Cowboys; coach of Chicago Bears
  In 1947 John Johnson, Seattle SuperSonic
        + Laura Nyro (in Bronx), singer
  In 1952 Pam Dawber (in Detroit, MI), actor (Mork and Mindy)
  In 1956 Martina Navratilova, tennis champ Prague Czech
  In 1960 Jean-Claude van Damme, actor
  In 1961 Erin Moran (in Los Angeles, CA), actor (Happy Days)
  In 1967 Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. Luke Evangelist
        + Orionid meteor shower, radiant in Orion.
  In 1685 Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes, outlaws Protestantism.
  In 1767 The boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason Dixon
          line, agreed upon.
  In 1847 English astronomer J.K Hind discovers Flor, his second asteroid.
  In 1862 Morgan's raiders capture the federal garrison at Lexington, KY.
  In 1867 U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million).
  In 1873 The Ivy League (Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, and Yale) set rules
          for collegiate football.
  In 1892 First commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago - New
  In 1898 American flag raised in Puerto Rico.
  In 1922 British Broadcasting Corporation established.
  In 1931 Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, N.J., at age 84.
  In 1944 Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II.
  In 1950 Connie Mack announces retirement as manager of the Philadelphia
  In 1953 Willie Thrower becomes the first African-American NFL quarterback.
  In 1962 Dr. Watson of U.S. and Drs. Crick and Wilkins of Britain named Nobel
          Prize for Medicine winners for work in determining structure of DNA.
  In 1967 Soviet Venera 4 becomes the first probe to send data back from
        + Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" is released.
  In 1968 Robert Beaman of US broad jumps a record 8.90 m.
        + U.S. Olympic Committee suspended Tommie Smith and John Carlos, for
          giving 'black power' salute as a protest during victory ceremony.
  In 1969 Federal govt bans use of artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates.
        + Soyuz 8 returns to Earth.
  In 1977 First Islander 0-0 tie-Kings at Nassau-25th time shutout-Resch's
        + Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record.
        + Yankees under Billy Martin win 21st world championship, their first
          World Championship in 15 years, beating Dodgers 8-4.
  In 1982 Former first lady Bess Truman, died in Independence, Mo. at age 97.
  In 1989 Galileo launched.

And remember ...
  Computer Learning Month
  Healthy Lung Month
  National Cookie Month
  National Pizza Month
  National Spinal Health Month

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