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On This Day

In 1775, Paul Revere began his ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warned the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms, by ringing those bells and making sure as he was riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free warning American colonists that the British were coming.

In 1906, much of San Francisco was destroyed in a major earthquake followed by a disastrous fire.

In 1912, 705 survivors of the RMS Titanic arrived in New York City aboard the RMS Carpathia.

In 1923, Yankee Stadium opened. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-1.

In 1956, Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco.

In 1978, the Senate voted 68-32 to turn the Panama Canal over to Panamanian control starting in 1999.

In 2007, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld a federal ban on a medical procedure that abortion foes dubbed "partial-birth abortion."

In 2011, Standard & Poor's lowered its long-term outlook for the U.S. government's fiscal health from "stable" to "negative."

Born on This Day

1480 - Lucrezia Borgia, Florentine ruler and daughter of Pope Alexander VI (d. 1519

1590 - Ahmed I, Ottoman emperor (d. 1617)

1648 - Jeanne Guyon, French mystic (d. 1717)

1759 - Jacques Widerkehr, Alsatian composer and cellist (d. 1823)

1768 - Jean-Baptiste Debret, French painter and draftsman, active in Brazil, where he documented the native peoples as well as the slave population. (d. 1848)

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1829 - George Smith, English genre painter, (d. 1776)

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1838 - Evert Jan Boks, Dutch painter (d. 1914)

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1843 - Adrien Moreau, French painter (d. 1906)

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1854  - José Frappa, Spanish painter (d. 1904)

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1857 - Clarence Darrow, American attorney (d. 1938)

1882 - Leopold Stokowski, Polish conductor (d. 1977)

1882 - Isaac Babalola Akinyele, Nigerian ruler and author (d. 1964)

1884 - Ludwig Meidner, German Expressionist painter (d. 1966)

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1889 - Jessie Street, Australian suffragette and activist (d. 1970)

1901 - Elene Akhvlediani, Georgian painter (d. 1975)

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1915 - Joy Davidman, American poet and writer, wife of C. S. Lewis (d. 1960)

1916 - Carl Burgos, American illustrator/comic book artist (d. 1984)

1918 - Tony Mottola, American guitarist (d. 2004)

1918 - André Bazin, French critic and theorist (d. 1958)

1919 - Vondell Darr, American child actress (d. 2012)

1919 - Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (d. 2001)

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1922 - Barbara Hale, American actress

1924 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American musician (d. 2005)

1940 - Mike Vickers, British musician and composer (Manfred Mann)

1942 - Robert Christgau, American journalist and critic

1946 - Hayley Mills, English actress

1946 - Skip Spence, Canadian singer-songwriter and musician (Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape) (d. 1999)

1947 - James Woods, American actor

1953 - Rick Moranis, Canadian comedian

1956 - Eric Roberts, American actor

1961 - Jane Leeves, British actress

1963 - Conan O'Brien, American comedian

1964 - Jim Ellison, American singer and musician (Material Issue) (d. 1996)

1970 - Greg Eklund, American musician (Everclear and The Oohlas)

1979 - Kourtney Kardashian, famous for being famous

Died on This Day

1558 - Roxelana, wife of Suleiman the Magnificent

1636 - Julius Caesar, English judge (with that name, did he always rule, "render unto Caesar...?")

1684 - Gonzales Coques, Flemish painter (b. 1614)

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1796 - Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (b. 1732)

1837 - Giovanni Migliara, Italian painter (b. 1785)

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1855 - Jean-Baptiste Isabey, French painter (b. 1767)

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1862 - Frederik Hansen Södring, Danish painter (b. 1809)

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1897 - Charles Olivier de Penne, French painter (b. 1831)

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1898 - Gustave Moreau, French painter (b. 1826)

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1941 - Eugène Gallien-Laloue, French painter (b. 1854)

1942 - Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor, art patron, and collector, founder of Whitney Museum of American Art (b. 1875)

1945 - Ernie Pyle, American journalist (b. 1900)

1964 - Ben Hecht, American writer (b. 1894)

1974 - Betty Compson, silent film star (b. 1897)

2002 - Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer (b. 1914)

2012 - Dick Clark, American television host and businessman (b. 1929)

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International Amateur Radio Day
High Five Day
Pet Owners Independence Day (good luck with that)
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National Newspaper Columnists Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day
Adult Autism Day
International Juggler's Day
National Animal Crackers Day

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