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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- September 24

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Interesting things that happened September 24th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1717 Horace Walpole, English writer
  In 1755 John Marshall, Supreme Court Chief Justice
  In 1870 Georges Claude, inventor of the neon light
  In 1890 Sir Alan Herbert, English journalist and writer
  In 1896 F. Scott Fitzgerald (in St. Paul, MN), writer (Great Gatsby)
  In 1921 Jim McKay, ABC Sportscaster
  In 1924 Sheila MacRae (in London, England), actor
  In 1930 John W. Young, astronaut (Gemini 3, 10, Apollo 10, 16, STS-1, 9)
  In 1931 Anthony Newley, actor, song writer
        + Barbara Walters (in Boston, MA), first Network news anchor woman
  In 1934 John Brunner, British SF author (Sheep Look Up, Stand on Zanzibar)
  In 1936 Jim Henson, creater of the Muppets, "our era's Charlie Chaplin, Mae
          West, W. C. Fields, and Marx Brothers"
  In 1942 Linda Eastman McCartney, singer
  In 1948 Phil Hartman (in Ontario, Canada), actor (SNL)

Events worth noting:
        + Feast of Our Lady of Ransom
  In 1789 Congress creates the Post Office.
        + Congress' first Judiciary Act, for Attorney General and Supreme
  In 1845 First baseball team is organized.
  In 1846 Battle of Monterey.
  In 1852 A new invention, the dirigible, is demonstrated.
  In 1853 First round-the-world trip by yacht (Cornelius Vanderbilt).
  In 1862 Confederate Congress adopts a seal for the Confederacy.
  In 1865 James Cooke walks tightrope from Cliff House to Seal Rocks (SF).
  In 1869 Black Friday -- Wall Street panics after Gould and Fisk attempt to
          corner gold.
  In 1895 First round-the-world trip by a woman on a bicycle (took 15 months).
  In 1919 Babe Ruth sets season homer mark at 28 off of Yankee Bob Shawkey.
  In 1927 Yanks set record of 106 victories.
  In 1929 Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane over
          Mitchell Field in NY in the first all-instrument flight.
  In 1930 Portsmouth beats Brooklyn in first NFL game played under
  In 1934 Babe Ruth made his farewell appearance as a baseball player; less
          than 2500 on hand.
  In 1941 Nine Allied govts pledged adherence to the Atlantic Charter.
  In 1954 "The Tonight Show" premieres on NBC.
        + Yanks tie a record, 3 of their pinch hitters strike out in 1 inning.
  In 1955 Pres Eisenhower suffered a heart attack on vacation in Denver.
  In 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers play last game at Ebbets Field, defeat Pirates 2-0.
        + Eisenhower orders US troops to desegregate Little Rock schools.
  In 1958 First welded aluminum girder highway bridge completed, Urbandale,
  In 1960 First atomic aircraft carrier, the "USS Enterprise", is launched.
  In 1963 Senate ratifies treaty with Britain and USSR limit nuclear testing.
  In 1964 "The Munsters" premier.
  In 1968 "60 Minutes" premiers.
        + "That's Life" premiers - A Broadway musical type TV show.
  In 1969 Trial of the "Chicago 8" began.
  In 1970 First Automated return of lunar sample by Luna 16.
  In 1974 Guinea-Bissau gains independence from Portugal.
  In 1976 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part
          in a 1974 bank robbery.  Released after 22 months by President
  In 1978 Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0 rasing his record to 23-3 ERA 174.
  In 1979 Compu$erve system started.
  In 1982 UN General Assembly votes 147-2 to condemn Beirut refugee camp
  In 1984 A world record is set for the longest kiss: 17 days, 10 1/2 hrs.

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

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