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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- September 21

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Interesting things that happened September 21st:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1452 Girolamo Savonarola, Florentine monk, preacher, reformer
  In 1756 John Loudon McAdam, created macadam road surface
  In 1788 Margaret Smith Taylor, first lady
  In 1866 H. G. (Herbert George) Wells (in Bromley, England), futurist, writer
          (War of the Worlds)
  In 1874 Gustav Holst, composer ('The Planets')
  In 1884 Hugh (Shorty) Ray, supervisor of NFL officials
  In 1930 Dawn Addams (in England)
  In 1931 Larry Hagman, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas), son of Mary Martin
  In 1932 Melvin Van Peebles, American playwright
  In 1935 Henry Gibson, comedian, actor (Laugh-in's poet, Blues Brothers
  In 1944 Fanny Flagg (in Alabama), regular on Candid Camera
  In 1947 Stephen King, suspense writer (Shining, Kujo)
  In 1950 Bill Murray (in Evanston, IL), actor, comedian, SNL's 1st

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of St Matthew, apostle, evangelist
  In 1776 Great fire in NY.
  In 1784 First daily newspaper in US begins publication in Pennsylvania.
  In 1792 First French Republic declared.
  In 1863 Union forces retreat to Chattanooga, Tenn. after defeat at Battle of
  In 1895 First auto manufacturer opens -- Duryea Motor Wagon Company.
  In 1906 Yankee first baseman Hal Chase's 22 put outs ties the record.
  In 1915 Those famous stones at Stonehenge, England, are sold at auction to
          C.H.E. Chubb of Salisbury, England for 6,600 pounds.
  In 1929 First legal forward pass in Canadian senior football thrown
  In 1930 Johann Ostermeyer patents his invention, the flashbulb.
  In 1954 The nuclear submarine "Nautilus" is commissioned.
  In 1956 Yanks set dubious record, stranding 20 men on base Mantle hits a 500
          foot plus homer but Red Sox win 13-9 in Fenway.
  In 1957 "Perry Mason" premieres.
  In 1958 Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no hits Yankees 1-0.
  In 1964 Malta gains independence from Britain.
  In 1970 "Monday Night Football" on ABC premieres - Jets vs Browns.
  In 1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono were Dick Cavett's only guest.
  In 1973 Diana Sands dies at 39.
  In 1974 Jaqueline Susann dies at age 53.
        + U.S. Mariner 10 makes second fly-by of Mercury.
  In 1980 Richard Todd of the Jets completes 42 passes in a game (NFL record).
  In 1981 Belize gains independence from Britain (National Day).
        + Sandra Day O'Conner becomes the first female Supreme Court Justice.
  In 1982 Devils beat Rangers 3-2 in Exhibition - First hockey in Meadowlands.
        + San Francisco cable cars cease operations for 2 years of repairs.

And remember ...
  National School Success Month
  National Sewing Month
  National Pain Awareness Month

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