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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- October 21

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Interesting things that happened October 21st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1772 Samuel Taylor Coleridge (in England), poet
  In 1833 Alfred Bernhard Nobel (in Stockholm, Sweden), created dynamite and
          Peace Prizes
  In 1907 Sir George Solti, symphonic conductor
  In 1914 Martin Gardner, Scientific American math and puzzles columnist
  In 1917 Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter, a creator of modern jazz
  In 1928 Whitey Ford, NY Yankee pitcher
  In 1933 Georgia Brown
  In 1940 Manfred Mann, musician
        + Elvin Bishop, guitarist
        + Julie Parrish (as Ruby Joyce Wilbar in Middlesboro, Kentucky), actor
  In 1945 Kathy Young
  In 1953 Charlotte Caffey, singer (GoGos)
  In 1956 Carrie Fisher (in Beverly Hills), actor (Star Wars, Blues Brothers)
  In 1971 Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St. Hilarion, an ascetic and lover of solitude and penance
        + Orionid meteor shower, radiant in Orion
        + Somali National Day
  In 1582 Magellan Day
  In 1797 U.S. Navy frigate USS Constitution, Old Ironsides, launched in
  In 1805 Battle of Trafalgar.  Although killed in this battle, Nelson
          established British naval supremacy for the next century, beating
          both French and Spanish.
  In 1861 Battle of Balls Bluff, Virginia.
  In 1868 Severe earthquake at 7:53 a.m., centered in Hayward, Calif.
  In 1869 First shipment of fresh oysters comes overland to San Francisco from
  In 1879 Thomas Edison commercially perfects the carbonized cotton filament
          light bulb.
  In 1897 Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago is dedicated.
  In 1915 First transatlantic radiotelephone message (Arlington, VA - Paris).
  In 1918 Margaret Owen sets world typing speed record of 170 wpm for 1 min.
  In 1923 Walther Bauersfeld gives the first public demonstration of Zeiss's
          Model I planetarium projector at the Deutsches Museum, Munich.
  In 1944 US troops captured Aachen, first large German city to fall (WW II).
  In 1945 Women in France allowed to vote for the first time.
  In 1948 Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated, Washington DC.
  In 1959 Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in New
  In 1960 JFK and Nixon clashed in 4th and final pres debate.
  In 1967 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astrophysicist dies at 94.
        + Thousands opposing Vietnam War tried to storm the Pentagon.
  In 1971 Nixon nominates Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to US
          Supreme Court, following resignations of Justices Hugo Black and John
  In 1974 First Islander shut-out opponent - Billy Smith 5-0 vs Caps.
  In 1975 Venera 9, first craft to orbit the planet Venus launched.
  In 1976 Saul Bellow named Nobel Prize for Literature winner.
  In 1977 US recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa.
  In 1984 Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2 h 8 m 5 s.

And remember ...
  Diversity Awareness Month
  National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  National Fired-Up Month
  National Restaurant Month
  Violence Awareness Month

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