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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- October 20

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Interesting things that happened October 20th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1632 Sir Christopher Wren, astronomer, greatest English architect of his
          time, built many of the cathedrals in London.
  In 1812 Austin Flint, 19th century pioneer in US heart research
  In 1819 Mirza Ali Mohammad (The Bab), forerunner of Baha'Ullah
  In 1823 Thomas Hughes, British author (Tom Brown's School Days)
  In 1854 Arthur Rimbaud, French poet, adventurer (Illuminations)
  In 1859 John Dewey, philosopher
  In 1874 Charles Ives, composer
  In 1900 Wayne Morse, Oregon Senator (R/D)
  In 1908 Arlene Francis (in Boston, Mass), actor
  In 1911 Will Rogers, Jr., actor, comedian
  In 1923 Herschel Bernardi, actor (Arnie)
  In 1925 Art Buchwald, humorist
  In 1931 Mickey Mantle, NY Yankee, home run slugger
  In 1932 Roosevelt Brown, NFL offensive tackle (NY Giants)
        + William Christopher, actor (M*A*S*H)
  In 1935 Jerry Orbach, actor (Law & Order, The Fantasticks, Chicago)
  In 1937 Juan Marichal, baseball player
  In 1950 Tom Petty, musician
        + Finola Hughes, actor (General Hospital)
  In 1952 Melanie Mayron, actor (thirtysomething)
  In 1953 Keith Hernandez

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. John Cantius, Confessor and St. Bertilla Boscardin
        + Orionid meteor shower, radiant in Orion.
  In 1600 Battle of Sekigahara, which established the Tokugawa clan as fuedal
          rulers of Japan (Shogun) until 1865 (provided the basis of James
          Clavell's novel).
  In 1740 Maria Theresa became ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia.
  In 1803 Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase.
  In 1813 Kingdom of Westphalia abolished.
  In 1817 The first "Showboat" leaves Nashville, Tennessee to give shows along
          the Mississippi.  It is a converted keelboat.
  In 1818 U.S. and Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country.
  In 1820 Spain sells (east) Florida to US for $5 million.
  In 1903 U.S. wins disputed boundary between the District of Alaska and
  In 1906 Dr. Lee DeForest gives a demonstration of his radio tube.
  In 1929 Bayshore Highway opens (San Francisco).
  In 1944 During WWII, MacArthur leads US forces landing at Leyte, Phillipines
          stating "I have returned."
  In 1946 Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs. N.Y. Giants.
  In 1947 The House Un-American Activities Committee opens hearings into
          alleged Communist influence in the Hollywood movie industry.
  In 1960 First fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI
        + Ralph Houk replaces Casey Stengel as Yankee manager.
  In 1964 31st president of US, Herbert Hoover, died in NY at age 90.
  In 1968 Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis.
  In 1972 Harlow Shapley, discoverer of the sun's position in the galaxy,
  In 1973 Saturday Night Massacre -- Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox is
          dismissed by Solicitor General Robert Bork.  Attorney General
          Richardson and Deputy Attorney General Ruckelshaus resigned.
  In 1976 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince.
  In 1979 John F. Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston.
  In 1982 Billy Martin fired as manager of the Oakland A's.
  In 1984 Islander's Mike Bossy's 30th career hat trick - 4 goals.
  In 1987 Bernhard Goetz sentenced to six months in jail.

And remember ...
  Dental Hygiene Month
  National AIDS Awareness Month
  National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  National Pork Month
  Vegetarian Awareness Month

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