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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- October 31

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Interesting things that happened October 31st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1632 Jan Vermeer (in Holland), painter (Procuress, The Astronomer)
  In 1795 John Keats, Romantic poet
  In 1815 Karl Weierstrass, German mathematician (theory of functions)
  In 1860 Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scout founder
  In 1897 Wilbur (Pete) Henry, NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville)
  In 1912 Dale Evans (in Uvalde, Texas), actor, singer
  In 1922 Barbara Bel Geddes, actor (Dallas)
  In 1930 Michael Collins, astronaut (Gemini 10, Apollo 11)
  In 1931 Dan Rather, CBS anchorman (What's the frequency Kenneth?) Courage!
        + Lee Grant (in New York City)
  In 1936 Michael Landon (Eugene Orowitz, in Forest Hills, NY), actor
  In 1942 David Ogden Stiers, actor (M*A*S*H, Perry Mason movies)
  In 1947 Frank Shorter, runner
  In 1950 Jane Pauley (in Indianapolis, IN), newcaster
        + John Candy, actor (Second City TV, Splash, Blues Brothers, JFK)

Events worth noting:
        + All Hallows Eve (you know, Halloween)
        + National UNICEF Day
        + Reformation Day
        + Vigil of All Saints, Feast of St. Wolfgang, Benedictine bishop
  In 1517 Martin Luther tacks up his 95 theses to the church door at
          Wittenberg, Germany.  Thus begins the Protestant Reformation.
  In 1793 Execution of the Girondins at Paris, during the Reign of Terror.
  In 1815 Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents the miner's safety lamp.
  In 1864 Nevada admitted as 36th state.
  In 1865 William Parson, third Earl of Rosse and maker of large telescopes
  In 1922 Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) becomes premier of Italy.
  In 1926 Erich Weiss, better known as Magician Harry Houdini, dies.
  In 1941 US Navy destroyer Reuben James torpedoed by Germany.
  In 1952 First thermonuclear (hydrogen) bomb detonated - Eniwetok Atoll,
          Marshall Islands (local time).
  In 1956 Brooklyn, NY ends streetcar service.
        + First American to land by air at South Pole - GJ Dufek.
  In 1959 Lee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return to U.S.
  In 1968 President Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam.
  In 1980 Julian Nott sets world hot-air balloon altitude record (16,806 m).

And remember ...
  Clergy Appreciation Month
  Fantasy Month
  National Communicate With Your Kids Month
  National Pasta Month
  National Seafood Month

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