[MOL] TO THOSE BORN ON OCT 25TH! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! [00929] Medicine On Line

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   Today is October 25th.
   It was on this day in 1825 when the Erie Canal - America's first man-
made waterway - was opened...linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic
Ocean. This increased Pennsylvania's mule population by huge numbers.
The long-earred animals were hired at feeding wages to pull barges along
the canal.
   On this day in 1854 during the battle of Balaklava, 670 British
cavalrymen made the famous "Charge of the Light Brigade" against a
heavily fortified Russian position. They were totally wiped out. French
General Bosquet remarked - "It is magnificient, but it is not war."
   The United Nations admitted China as a member on this day in 1971...
ousting the Nationalist Chinese government of Taiwan.
   American troops, supported by six Caribbean nations, invaded the
tiny, leftist-ruled island of Grenada on this day in 1983. 19 Americans
died in the fighting.
   On this day in 1986, the International Red Cross ousted South African
delegates from a Geneva meeting because of Pretoria's policy of
apartheid. It was the first such ejection in the organization's 123
   English poet Geoffrey Chaucer died on this day in 1400. Chaucer wrote
"The Canterbury Tales."
   Those born on this day include British historian Thomas Macaulay in
1800. In his "History of England," Lord Macaulay wrote - "There were
gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But
the seamen were not gentlemen, and the gentlemen were not seamen."
   Austrian composer Johann Strauss was born on this day in 1825, and
French composer Georges Bizet was born on this day in 1838.
   Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.
   Antarctic explorer Richard Byrd was born on this day in 1888.
   Also sharing this birthdate - Minnie Pearl ("Hee Haw" actress - the
one with the price tag on her hats) in 1912...Marion Ross (the mom on
"Happy Days") in 1936...and pop singer Helen Reddy in 1941.
   We now return you to the present...already in progress.
   By Chris Philips (UPI)
   Copyright 1999 by United Press International.
   All rights reserved.
Warmly, lillian
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