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On This Day

In 1841, he U.S. Supreme Court ruled that captive Africans who had seized control of the ship carrying them (Amistad) had been taken into slavery illegally.

In 1910, the Westmoreland County Coal Strike, involving 15,000 coal miners represented by the United Mine Workers, began. It ended on7/1/11, and was not successful, both sides having sustained equal damage, but the workers who participated losing out due to a blacklist.

In 1916, Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, N.M., killing more than a dozen people.

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt submitted the Emergency Banking Act to Congress, the first of his New Deal policies.

In 1954, CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow critically reviewed Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's anti-Communism campaign on "See It Now."

In 1959, Mattel's Barbie doll made its public debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

In 1981, Dan Rather made his debut as principal anchorman of "The CBS Evening News;" he signed off for the last time on the same date in 2005.

In 2007, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller acknowledged the FBI improperly used the Patriot Act to secretly pry out personal information about Americans.

In 2009, President Barack Obama lifted limits on using federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research that President George W. Bush had put in place.

In 2011, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation abolishing the death penalty in his state and commuting the sentences of all remaining death row inmates.

Born on This Day

1454 – Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer and cartographer (d. 1512)

1568 – Aloysius Gonzaga, Italian saint (d. 1591)


1627 – John Bowne, English-born American Quaker (d. 1695)

1629 – Tsar Alexis I of Russia (d. 1676)


1753 – Jean-Baptiste Kleber, French general (d. 1800)

1820 – Samuel Blatchford, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1893)


1856 – Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (d. 1928)


1856 – Tom Roberts, Australian artist (d. 1931)


1892 – Vita Sackville-West, English writer and gardener (d. 1962)


1902 – Will Geer, American actor (d. 1978)

1918 – Mickey Spillane, American writer (d. 2006)

1918 - Marguerite Chapman, American actress (d. 1999)


1930 – Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer

1930 – Taina Elg, Finnish-American actress and dancer


1932 – Keely Smith, American singer

1933 – Lloyd Price, American singer

1936 – Mickey Gilley, American musician and singer

1940 – Raúl Juliá, Puerto Rican actor (d. 1994)

1941 – Ernesto Miranda, American litigant (d. 1976)

1942 – John Cale, Welsh musician (The Velvet Underground)

1942 – Mark Lindsay, American musician (Paul Revere & the Raiders)

1943 – Bobby Fischer, American chess player (d. 2008)

1943 – Trish Van Devere, American actress

1945 – Robert Calvert, English singer (Hawkwind) (d. 1988)

1945 – Dennis Rader, American serial killer

1945 – Robin Trower, British rock musician (Procol Harum and The Paramounts)

1958 – Linda Fiorentino, American actress

1958 – Martin Fry, English pop singer (ABC and Vice Versa)

1966 – Brendan Canty, American musician (Fugazi)

Died on This Day

1661 – Cardinal Mazarin, French cardinal and statesman (b. 1602)

1688 - Claude Mellan, French engraver/cartoonist/painter (b. 1598)

1810 – Ozias Humphrey, English artist (b. 1842)


1891 - Johan Jongkind, Dutch painter (b. 1819)


1895 – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer and journalist (b. 1836)

1916 - Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz, Polish painter (b. 1852)


1926 – Usui Mikao, Japanese founder of Reiki (b. 1865)

1983 – Faye Emerson, American actress (b. 1917)

1989 – Robert Mapplethorpe, American artist (b. 1946)

1992 – Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1913)

1994 – Charles Bukowski, American writer (b. 1920)

1996 – George Burns, American actor and singer (b. 1896)

1997 – Notorious B.I.G., American rapper (b. 1972)

2007 - Brad Delp, American singer (Boston) (b. 1951)

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