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On This Day

In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Nathan Hale volunteered to spy on the British. That didn't work out so well for him.

In 1846, Elias Howe patented the sewing machine. He later sued Isaac Singer, who had built on his basic design and was selling it as his own. He won, and collected considerable royalties.

In 1939, the British navy's first loss was from friendly fire when the HMS Triton submarine mistook the HMS Oxley for an enemy sub.

In 1943, German troops occupied Rome.

In 2002, Switzerland joined the United Nations.

In 2012, the Large Haldron Collider went live for the first time. The world did not end.

Born on This Day

1487 – Pope Julius III (d. 1555)

1624 – Thomas Sydenham, English physician (d. 1689)

1762 - Joseph-François Ducq, French painter (d. 1829)

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1797 - Franz Krüger, German painter (d. 1857)

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1801 – Marie Laveau, American voodoo practitioner (d. 1881)

1852 – Alice Brown Davis, American chief of the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma (d. 1935)

1860 – Marianne von Werefkin, Russian-Swiss painter (d. 1938)

1867 - Walter Elmer Schofield, U.S. Impressionist painter (d. 1944)

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1868 - Lazar Krestin, Russian Jewish painter (d. 1938)

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1870 -  Rowland Wheelwright, Australian-born British painter (d. 1955)

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1888 – Israel Abramofsky, Russian-American painter (d. 1976)

1890 – Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian fashion designer (d. 1973)

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1896 – Adele Astaire, American dancer (d. 1981) Fred's sister and original partner.

1898 – Bessie Love, American actress (d. 1986)

1908 - Carel Weight, English painter and teacher (d. 1997)

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1915 – Edmond O'Brien, American actor (d. 1985)

1918 – Rin Tin Tin, German-American acting dog (d. 1932)

1925 – Roy Brown, American singer-songwriter (d. 1981)

1929 – Arnold Palmer, American golfer

1934 – Roger Maris, American baseball player (d. 1985)

1937 – Jared Diamond, American biologist and author

1939 – Cynthia Lennon, English ex-wife of John Lennon

1940 – Roy Ayers, American singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and producer

1942 – Danny Hutton, Irish-American singer (Three Dog Night)

1946 – Don Powell, English drummer (Slade)

1948 – Judy Geeson, English actress

1949 – Bill O'Reilly, American television host and political punch line.

1950 – Rosie Flores, American singer and guitarist

1952 – Medea Benjamin, American activist, co-founded Code Pink

1958 – Siobhan Fahey, Irish singer-songwriter and producer (Bananarama and Shakespears Sister)

1960 – Colin Firth, English actor

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1960 – David Lowery, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven)

1965 – Robin Goodridge, English drummer (Bush, Spear of Destiny, and Stone Gods)

1988 – Jared Lee Loughner, American murderer

Died on This Day

1167 – Empress Matilda of England (b. 1102)

1308 – Emperor Go-Nijō of Japan (b. 1285)

1749 – Émilie du Châtelet, French mathematician and physicist (b. 1706)

1797 – Mary Wollstonecraft, English author (b. 1759)

1839 - Pieter Fontijn, Dutch painter (b. 1773)

1920 – Olive Thomas, American actress and model (b. 1894) See Tipple Jar

1933 - Laurits Andensen Ring, Danish painter (b. 1854)

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1935 – Huey Long, American politician, 40th Governor of Louisiana (b. 1893)

1961 – Leo Carrillo, American actor (b. 1880)

1971 – Pier Angeli, Italian actress (b. 1932)

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1976 – Dalton Trumbo, American screenwriter and novelist (b. 1905)

1996 – Joanne Dru, American actress (b. 1923)

2005 – Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American guitarist (b. 1924)

2007 – Jane Wyman, American actress (b. 1917)

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