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On This Day

In 1837, England and Wales started civil birth registries. Damned intrusive government spying!

In 1870, the U.S. Department of Justice officially started up.

In 1903, the first Tour de France began. It is believed to have been relatively free of performance enhancing drugs.

In 1908, Abba's big hit SOS officially became the universal distress signal.

In 1963, the U.S. Post Office began using ZIP Codes.

In 1972, England's first official Gay Pride parade took place in London, attracting around 2,000 participants.

In 1979, the Walkman was introduced by Sony.

In 1984, the MPAA replaced the GP rating (which had replaced the M rating) with PG-13.

In 1997, after 156 years as a British colony, Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty.

In 2007, England banned smoking in all enclosed workplaces and indoor public spaces.

Born on This Day

1481 – Christian II of Denmark (d. 1559)

1506 – Louis II of Hungary (d. 1526)

1534 – Frederick II of Denmark and Norway and Duke of Schleswig (d. 1588)

1700 - Mattheus Verheyden, Dutch artist (d. 1777)

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1804 – George Sand, French writer (d. 1876)

1831 - Theodor Pixis, German painter, (d. 1907)

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1858 - Willard Metcalf, U.S. Impressionist painter and illustrator (d. 1925)

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1869 – William Strunk, Jr., American author (The Postman Always Rings Twice) (d. 1946)

1885 - Max Oppenheimer, Austrian painter and printmaker (d. 1954)

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1886 – Gabrielle Robinne, French actress (d. 1980)

1887 – Amber Reeves, British feminist writer (d. 1981)

1888-  Alberto Magnelli, Italian painter (d. 1971)

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1892 – James M. Cain, American author and journalist (d. 1977)

1899 – Thomas A. Dorsey, American composer (known as the Father of Gospel Music, and not to be confused with Tommy Dorsey) (d. 1993)

1899 – Charles Laughton, English actor (best Captain Bligh ever) (d. 1962)

1902 – William Wyler, French-American director (The Best Years of Our Lives) (d. 1981)

1911 - Toshi Yoshida, Japanese painter (d. 1995)

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1912 – David Brower, American environmentalist, founder of Friends of the Earth  (d. 2000)

1914 – Earle Warren, American saxophonist and singer (d. 1994)

1915 – Willie Dixon, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (d. 1992)

1916 – Olivia de Havilland, English-American actress (Gone With the Wind, The Heiress)

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1925 – Farley Granger, American actor (d. 2011)

1931 – Leslie Caron, French actress and dancer (Gigi)

1934 – Jamie Farr, American actor (Corporal Klinger)

1934 – Jean Marsh, English actress (co-created and starred in the precursor to Downton Abbey, Upstairs, Downstairs)

1935 – James Cotton, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player

1936 – Syl Johnson, American singer, musician, and producer

1939 – Delaney Bramlett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Delaney & Bonnie) (d. 2008)

1942 – Geneviève Bujold, Canadian actress (Anne of the Thousand Days, King of Hearts)

1945 – Debbie Harry, American singer-songwriter and actress (Blondie)

1950 – David Duke, American politician, writer, activist, and white supremacist

1951 – Fred Schneider, American singer-songwriter and keyboardist (The B-52's)

1951 – Victor Willis, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (Village People)

1952 – Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor and screenwriter

1961 – Diana, Princess of Wales (d. 1997)

1962 – Andre Braugher, American actor

1963 – Roddy Bottum, American singer and musician (Faith No More)

1967 – Pamela Anderson, Canadian-American model, actress (Baywatch)

1971 – Missy Elliott, American rapper, songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress

1975 – Sufjan Stevens, American singer-songwriter and musician

1977 – Liv Tyler, American actress and model (Lord of the Rings)

Died on This Day

1589 — Lady Saigō, Japanese concubine (b. 1552)

1666 - Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraaten, Flemish painter (b. 1622)

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1708 – Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia (b. 1706)

1735 - Jean Ranc, French painter (b. 1674)

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1821 - César van Loo, French painter (b. 1743)

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1839 – Mahmud II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1785)

1847 - Georg Friedrich Kersting, German painter (b. 1785)

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1860 – Charles Goodyear, American inventor (b. 1800)

1884 – Allan Pinkerton, American detective and anti-labor person, founded the agency that was later hired as strikebreakers (b. 1819)

1896 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, American abolitionist and writer (b. 1811)

1904 - George Frederick Watts, British painter (b. 1817)

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1925 – Erik Satie, French composer (b. 1866)

1925 - Jan Veth, Dutch painter (b. 1864)

1950 – Eliel Saarinen, Finnish-American architect, designed Cranbrook Educational Community (b. 1873)

1974 – Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and politician, President of Argentina (b. 1895)

1983 – Buckminster Fuller, American architect and philosopher, designed the Montreal Biosphère (b. 1903)

1991 – Michael Landon, American actor (I Was a Teenage Werewolf) (b. 1936)

1995 – Wolfman Jack, American radio host (b. 1938)

1996 – Margaux Hemingway, American actress and model (b. 1954)

1997 – Robert Mitchum, American actor (Night of the Hunter) (b. 1917)

1999 – Edward Dmytryk, Canadian director, one of the Hollywood Ten (The Caine Mutiny) (b. 1908)

1999 – Sylvia Sidney, American actress (b. 1910)

2000 – Walter Matthau, American actor (b. 1920)

2004 – Marlon Brando, American actor (b. 1924)

2005 – Luther Vandross, American singer-songwriter and producer  (b. 1951)

2009 – Karl Malden, American actor (b. 1912)

Today is

Emancipation Day (Netherlands Antilles)
Emancipation Day or Keti Koti (Suriname)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Burundi from Belgium in 1962.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Rwanda from Belgium in 1962.
International Tartan Day (Australia and New Zealand)
Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
National Gingersnap Day
Build a Scarecrow Day
International Joke Day
Canada Day

July is

National Anti-Boredom Month
National Baked Bean Month
National Culinary Arts Month
National Hot Dog Month
National Ice Cream Month
National July Belongs to Blueberries Month
National Picnic Month
Family Golf Month
National Grilling Month
National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
National Flash a Trucker Day

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