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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- October 19

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Interesting things that happened October 19th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1862 Auguste Lumière, made first movie (Workers Leaving Lumière Factory)
  In 1882 Vincas Kreve-Mickievicius, Lithuanian poet, philologist, playwright
  In 1895 Louis Mumford, cultural historian, city planner
  In 1899 Miguel Asturias, Guatemalan poet, novelist, diplomat (Nobel 1967)
  In 1909 Robert Beatty, actor
  In 1910 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian physicist (Nobel 1983)
  In 1920 LaWanda Page (in Cleveland, OH), actor (Sanford and Son)
  In 1922 Jack Anderson, columnist
  In 1931 John Le Carre, English spy novelist (Little Drummer Girl)
  In 1932 Robert Reed, actor (Brady Bunch)
  In 1945 John Lithgow, actor (Third Rock From The Sun, Buckaroo Banzai)
  In 1967 Amy Carter, daughter of President Jimmy Carter

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of North American Martyrs SS. J de Brebeuf, I Jogues, A
        + G Lalemand, C Garnier, N Chabanel, R Goupil and J Laliande,
        + canonized in 1930
        + Feast of St. Peter of Alcantara, Confessor
        + Orionid meteor shower, radiant in Orion
  In 1781 Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2 p.m.; the fighting is over.
  In 1812 Napoleon begins his retreat from Moscow.
  In 1845 Wagner's opera 'Tannhauser' is performed for first time.
  In 1853 First flour mill in Hawaii begins operations.
  In 1859 Wilhelm Tempel discovers diffuse nebula around Pleid star Merope.
  In 1864 Approx. 25 Confederates make surprise attack on St. Albans, Vermont.
        + Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia.
  In 1872 World's largest gold nugget (215 kg) found in New South Wales.
  In 1879 Thomas A. Edison successfully demenstrates the electric light.
  In 1936 H.R. Ekins of the "NY World-Telegram" beats 2 other reporters in a
          race around the world on commercial flights, by 18 1/2 days.
  In 1949 Yanks trade Joe Gordon to Cleveland for Allie Reynolds.
  In 1953 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired live on television by Arthur Godfrey.
  In 1958 First jet transcontinental non-stop scheduled service.
  In 1960 The US imposes an embargo on exports to Cuba.
  In 1963 Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
  In 1967 Mariner 5 flew by Venus.
  In 1968 Golden Gate Bridge charges tolls only for southbound cars.
  In 1987 "Black Monday" - Dow Jones down 508.32 points worst day on Wall
          Street - more than 4 times previous record (in 1929).
        + Billy Martin hired as manager of N.Y. Yankees for 5th time.

And remember ...
  Country Music Month
  Lupus Awareness Month
  National Crime Prevention Month
  National Popcorn Poppin' Month
  The Month of the Dinosaur

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