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Please (pretty please, with whipped cream on top) write us a Haiku for National Haiku Day?
For National Cheeseball Day, what kind of cheese is in your cheeseball?
What was the destination of your first plane trip?
Do you remember what airline?

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On This Day

In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings.

In 1861, Virginia voted to secede from the Union.

In 1951, Mickey Mantle debuted with the New York Yankees.

In 1961, about 1,500 CIA-financed and trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.

In 1964, Ford introduced the Mustang.

In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was found guilty of the murder of Robert F. Kennedy.

In 1996, the Menendez brothers were sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of their Beverly Hills parents.

Born on This Day

1598 - Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)

1601 - Frans Ykens,  Flemish still life painter (d. 1693)

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1644 - Abraham Storck, Dutch landscape and marine painter (d. 1708)

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1729 - Johannes Janson, Dutch artist (d. 1784)

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1741 - Samuel Chase, American justice of the Supreme Court (d. 1811)

1820 - Alexander Cartwright, American inventor of Baseball (d. 1892)

1833 - George Vicat Cole, English painter (d. 1893)

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1837 - J. P. Morgan, American financier (d. 1913)

1852 - Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema, British painter and illustrator (d. 1909)

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1862 - Arnaldo Ferraguti, Italian artist (d. 1925)

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1884 - Leo Frank, American factory superintendent, victim of lynching (d. 1915)

1885 - Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Danish author (d. 1962)

1891 - George Adamski, Polish-American author and ufologist (d. 1965)

1896 - Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (d. 1999)

1897 - Thornton Wilder, American dramatist (d. 1975)

1901 - George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter (d. 1993)

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1905 - Arthur Lake, American actor (d. 1987)

1912 - Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-American actress and singer

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1914 - George W. Davis, American art director (d. 1984)

1918 - William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)

1923 - Harry Reasoner, American journalist (d. 1991)

1934 - Don Kirshner, American composer (d. 2011)

1938 - Kerry Wendell Thornley, American theorist, co-founder of Discordianism

1940 - Billy Fury, British singer (d. 1983)

1951 - Olivia Hussey, Argentine actress

1954 - Roddy Piper, Canadian wrestler

1954 - Lester Square, Canadian musician (The Monochrome Set and Adam and the Ants)

1955 - Pete Shelley, British musician (Buzzcocks)

1957 - Nick Hornby, English author

1959 - Sean Bean, English actor

1970 - Redman, American rapper, producer, and actor (Def Squad and Method Man & Redman)

1974 - Victoria Beckham, English singer (Spice Girls)

Died on This Day

1679 - Jan van Kessel the Elder, Flemish painter (b. 1626)

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1790 - Benjamin Franklin, American politician, inventor, diplomat, and printer (b. 1706)

1824 - William Ashford, British painter (b. 1746)

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1873 - Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (b. 1783)

1930 - Alexander Golovin, Russian painter (b. 1863)

1960 - Eddie Cochran, American singer-songwriter and musician (b. 1938)

1962 - Louise Fazenda, American actress (b. 1895)

1967 - Red Allen, American jazz trumpet player and vocalist (b. 1908)

1970 - Domenico Gnoli, Italian painter and stage designer (b. 1933)

1983 - Felix Pappalardi, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (b. 1939) (Mountain)

1987 - Dick Shawn, American actor and Comedian (b. 1923)

1988 - Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (b. 1900)

1990 - Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights activist (b. 1936)

1998 - Linda McCartney, Beatle wife and photographer and vegetarian activist (oh, and a pothead, too!) (b. 1941)

2007 - Kitty Carlisle, American actress and singer (b. 1910)

2008 - Danny Federici, American musician (E-Street Band) (b. 1950)

Today is

World Hemophilia Day
National Cheeseball Day
Blah Blah Blah Day
National Bookmobile Day
Ford Mustang Day
National Haiku Day
Bat Appreciation Day

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