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On This Day

In 1926, Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett made what they claimed was the first airplane flight over the North Pole. (Later evidence shows they missed their target by 150 miles.)

In 1960, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid (at first just approved for menstrual disorders), making Enovid the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.

In 1961, FCC chairman Newton N. Minow condemned TV programming as a "vast wasteland" in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters. (Vast? I wonder if he lived to see cable?)

In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

In 1994, South Africa's newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president.

Born on This Day

1596 - Abraham van Diepenbeeck, Dutch painter (d. 1675)

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1800 – John Brown, American abolitionist (d. 1859)

1810 - Louis Gallait, Belgian painter (d. 1887)

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1843 - Anton von Werner, German painter (d. 1915)

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1860 – J. M. Barrie, Scottish author (d. 1937)

1874 – Howard Carter, English archaeologist (d. 1939)

1895 – Richard Barthelmess, American actor (d. 1963)

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1918 – Mike Wallace, American journalist (d. 2012)

1921 – Daniel Berrigan, American activist

1921 – Sophie Scholl, German student, resistance fighter in Nazi Germany (d. 1943)

1928 – Ralph Goings, American photorealist painter

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1935 – Nokie Edwards, American guitarist and actor (The Ventures)

1936 – Albert Finney, English actor

1936 – Glenda Jackson, English actress and politician

1941 – Pete Birrell, English bass guitarist (Freddie and the Dreamers)

1942 – John Ashcroft, American politician, 79th United States Attorney General

1942 – Tommy Roe, American singer-songwriter

1944 – Richie Furay, American singer-songwriter and musician (Poco and Buffalo Springfield)

1945 – Steve Katz, American musician, songwriter, and producer (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Blues Project, and American Flyer)

1946 – Candice Bergen, American actress

1949 – Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1950 – Tom Petersson, American musician (Cheap Trick)

1962 – John Corbett, American actor

1962 – Dave Gahan, English singer-songwriter and musician (Depeche Mode)

1962 – Paul Heaton, English singer-songwriter and musician (The Housemartins and Beautiful South)

1972 – Dana Perino, airheaded commentator, 27th White House press secretary

1979 – Pierre Bouvier, Canadian singer-songwriter and musician (Simple Plan and Reset)

1979 – Rosario Dawson, American actress

Died on This Day

1586 - Luis de Morales, Spanish painter (b. 1510)

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1638 - Gregorio Vásquez de Arce y Ceballos, Spanish painter (d. 1711)

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1651 - Cornelis de Vos, Flemish painter (b.1584)

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1767 - Giuseppe Zocchi, Italian painter (b. 1717)

1682 - Pieter Wouwerman, Dutch landscape painter (b. 1623)

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1790 – William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress, signed the Articles of Confederation

1791 – Francis Hopkinson, American delegate and author, signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1737)

1851 - Johann Heinrich Schilbach, German painter (b. 1798)

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1880 - Johann Michael Wittmer, German painter (b. 1802)

1889 - William Hammer, Danish painter (b. 1821)

1914 – C. W. Post, American food manufacturer, founded the Post Holdings food company (b. 1854)

1916 - Max Kurzweil, Austrian painter (b. 1867)

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1964 – Rico Lebrun, Italian-American painter and sculptor (b. 1900)

1968 – Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, and costume designer (b. 1893)

1981 – Nelson Algren, American writer (b. 1909)

1981 - Margaret Lindsay, American actress (b. 1910)

1998 – Alice Faye, American actress (b. 1915)

2010 – Lena Horne, American singer, actress, and dancer (b. 1917)

2012 – Vidal Sassoon, English hairdresser (b. 1928)

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