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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- October 26

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Interesting things that happened October 26th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1466 Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch scholar, author (The Praise of Folly)
  In 1759 Georges Danton, French Revolutionary leader
  In 1855 Charles Post, who had a way with breakfast cereals
  In 1911 Sid Gillman, NFL coach (LA, San Diego, Houston)
  In 1916 Francois Mitterrand, French President
  In 1917 Felix the cat, cartoon character
  In 1919 Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, shah of Iran (1941-79)
  In 1933 Suzy Parker (in San Antonio, Texas)
  In 1942 Bob Hoskins, actor
  In 1947 Hilary Rodham Clinton, First Lady (1993-2001), senator (D-NY,2001-)
        + Lynn Anderson (in North Dakota)
        + Jaclyn Smith (in Houston, Texas), actor (Charlie's Angel)
        + Pat Sajak, game show host, Ed Grimly's idol
  In 1954 Lauren Tewes, actor (Love Boat)
  In 1962 Cary Elwes, actor

Events worth noting:
        + Austrian National Day
        + Feast of St. Evaristus, 5th pope (c. 97-c. 107), martyr
        + Feast of St. Demetrios the Martyr (Orthodox)
  In 1774 First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia.
  In 1825 Erie Canal between Hudson River and Lake Erie opened.
  In 1861 Transcontinental telegraph service inaugurated in US.
  In 1863 Soccer rules standardized; rugby starts as a separate game.
  In 1881 Shootout at the OK corral, in Tombstone, Arizona.
  In 1903 The "Yerba Buena" is the first Key System ferry to cross the San
          Francisco Bay.
  In 1941 US Savings Bonds go on sale.
  In 1949 Pres Truman increases minimum wage - from 40 cents to 75 cents.
  In 1954 Egyptian President Jamal Abd al-Nasser survives shooting by a member
          of the Muslim Brotherhood, then launches an unsuccessful campaign to
          destroy the Brotherhood.
  In 1955 Austrian sovereignty is restored after declaring future neutrality.
  In 1956 International Atomic Energy Agency established.
  In 1957 Vatican Radio begins broadcasting.
  In 1958 PanAm flies the first transAtlantic jet trip - NY to Paris.
  In 1968 Soyuz 3 is launched.
  In 1970 The "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers.
  In 1972 Guided tours of Alcatraz (by U.S. Park Service) begin.
  In 1976 According to South Africa, Transkei gains independence.  Not
          recognized as an independent country outside of South Africa.
  In 1977 Fifth and final test of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
  In 1979 St. Vincent and the Grenadines gains independence from Britain.
        + South Korean Pres Park Chung-hee is assassinated.
  In 1984 "Baby Fae" gets a baboon heart in an experimental transplant in Loma
          Linda, CA.  She will live for 21 days with the animal heart.
  In 1987 Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm. assassinated by death squads.

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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