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On This Day

In 1861,  Maryland's House of Delegates voted not to secede from the Union.

In 1910, The UK Parliament passed the People's Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public fighting poverty.

In 1916, the Easter uprising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.

In 1945, the Dachau concentration camp was liberated by US. Army troops.

In 1981, British truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted in a London court to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the killer of 13 women in northern England over five years.

In 1992, riots broke out in Los Angeles after a Simi Valley jury acquitted four LAPD officers of nearly all charges in the beating of Rodney King. 53 people were killed, more than 2000 were injured, and there was more than $1 billion in damage.

Born on This Day

1675 - Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini, Italian painter (d. 1741)

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1683 - Antoine Pesne, French painter (d. 1757)

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1727 – Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer, founder of modern ballet (d. 1810)

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1745 – Oliver Ellsworth, American lawyer and politician, 3rd Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1807)

1769 – Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Anglo-Irish statesman (d. 1852)

1783 - David Cox, English landscape painter (d. 1859)

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1818 – Alexander II of Russia (d. 1881)

1848 – Raja Ravi Varma, Indian painter (d.1906)

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1848 - Theodore Blake Wirgman, English painter (d. 1925)

1863 – William Randolph Hearst, American publisher (d. 1951)

1868 – Alice Keppel, English socialite and mistress of King Edward VII (d. 1947)

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1872 – Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman, lawyer and horse-breeder (d. 1930)

1876 – Zauditu of Ethiopia (d. 1930)

1896 - Natalie Talmadge, silent film actress and Mrs. Buster Keaton (d. 1969)

1899 – Duke Ellington, American composer, pianist, and bandleader (d. 1974)

1901 – Hirohito, Japanese emperor (d. 1989)

1905 - Ogden Minton Pleissner, American landscape painter (d. 1983)

1909 – Tom Ewell, American actor (d. 1994)

1922 – Toots Thielemans, Belgian jazz musician

1928 – Carl Gardner, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2011)

1929 – Ray Barretto, American jazz musician (d. 2006)

1931 – Lonnie Donegan, English singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2002)

1933 – Rod McKuen, American poet and composer

1936 – Zubin Mehta, Indian conductor

1937 – Hasil Adkins, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2005)

1938 – Bernard Madoff, American felon

1938 – Klaus Voormann, German artist, musician, and producer (Manfred Mann and Plastic Ono Band)

1945 – Tammi Terrell, American singer (d. 1970)

1947 – Tommy James, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Tommy James and the Shondells)

1948 – Michael Karoli, German musician and composer (Can) (d. 2001)

1950 – Debbie Stabenow, American politician

1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian

1957 – Daniel Day-Lewis, English-Irish actor

1958 – Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress

1958 – Eve Plumb, American actress

1970 – China Forbes, American singer-songwriter (Pink Martini)

1970 – Uma Thurman, American actress

Died on This Day

1380 – Catherine of Siena, Italian saint (b. 1347)

1655 - Cornelis Schut I, Flemish painter (b. 1597)

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1657 - Jacques de Stella, French painter (b. 1596)

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1698 – Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1655)

1776 – Edward Wortley Montagu, English traveler and writer (b. 1713)

1777 - Antonio Joli, Italian painter (b. 1700)

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1793 – John Michell, English scientist (b. 1724)

1906 - André Plumot,  Belgian painter (b. 1829)

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1935 – Leroy Carr, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1905)

1937 – William Gillette, American actor (b. 1853)

1953 - Moïse Kisling, Polish painter (b. 1891)

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1961 – Cisco Houston, American singer-songwriter and musician (b. 1918)

1964 - Albert Saverys, Flemish landscape painter (b. 1886)

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1967 – J. B. Lenoir, American singer-songwriter and musician (b. 1929)

1980 – Alfred Hitchcock, English director (b. 1899)

1992 – Mae Clarke, American actress (b. 1910)

1993 – Mick Ronson, English musician, songwriter, and producer (The Spiders from Mars and Mott the Hoople) (b. 1946)

1997 – Mike Royko, American columnist (b. 1932)

2006 – John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist (b. 1908)

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