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On This Day

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read to the public for the first time in Independence Square in Philadelphia.

In 1889, the Wall Street Journal debuted.

In 1907, the very first Ziegfeld Follies was held at the rooftop theatre Jardin de Paris in New York.

In 1932, the Dow hit 41.22, its lowest point of the entire Depression.

In 1948, the U.S. Air Force began accepting female recruits for the WAF.

In 1970, President Nixon addressed the issue of Native American Self Determination, making it official U.S. policy.

In 2010, the Space Shuttle Atlantis took off for the last time, marking the beginning of the end of the Space Shuttle program.

Born on This Day

1593 – Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian painter (d. 1653)

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1604 – Christiaen van Couwenbergh, Dutch painter (d. 1667)

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1816 – Charles Édouard Boutibonne, French Academic painter (d. 1897)

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1822 – Friedrich Kaulbach, German painter (d. 1903)

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1831 – John Pemberton, American chemist, inventor of Coca-Cola (d. 1888)

1838 – Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and aircraft manufacturer (d. 1917)

1839 – John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist, founded the Standard Oil Company (d. 1937)

1851 - J. Ottis Adams, American impressionist painter (d. 1927)

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1867 – Käthe Kollwitz, German painter and sculptor (d. 1945)

1892 – Pavel Korin, Russian painter (d. 1967)

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1906 – Philip Johnson, American architect, designed the IDS Center and PPG Place, not to mention the famous Glass House (d. 2005)

1907 – George W. Romney, American businessman and politician; Mitt's daddy (d. 1995)

1908 – Louis Jordan, American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and actor (Tympany Five) (d. 1975)

1908 – Nelson Rockefeller, American politician, 41st Vice President of the United States (d. 1979)

1911 - Gertrude Niesen, torch singer and actress (d. 1975)

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1917 – Faye Emerson, American actress (d. 1983)

1926 – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss psychiatrist who came up with the 5 Stages of Grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance) (d. 2004)

1934 – Marty Feldman, British comedian and actor (d. 1982)

1942 – Phil Gramm, American politician, the jerk who got the Glass-Steagall Act repealed, paving the way for the current economic crisis.

1944 – Jai Johanny Johanson, American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band)

1944 – Jeffrey Tambor, American actor

1949 – Wolfgang Puck, Austrian celebrity chef

1951 – Anjelica Huston, American actress

1958 – Kevin Bacon, American actor

1961 – Andrew Fletcher, English singer and musician (Depeche Mode)

1962 – Joan Osborne, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1968 – Billy Crudup, American actor

1970 – Beck, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer

1985 – Jamie Cook, English musician and songwriter (Arctic Monkeys)

1998 – Jaden Smith, American actor

Died on This Day

1153 – Pope Eugene III (b. c. 1087)

1623 – Pope Gregory XV (b. 1554)

1721 – Elihu Yale, Welsh merchant and philanthropist (b. 1649)

1797 - Hendrik Willem Schweichardt, German painter (b. 1746)

1822 – Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet (b. 1792)

1823 - Sir Henry Raeburn, Scottish painter (b. 1756)

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1840 - Carel Lodewijk Hansen, Dutch painter (b. 1765)

1873 – Franz Xaver Winterhalter, German painter (b. 1805)

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1917 – Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (b. 1877)

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1925 – Robert Polhill Bevan, English painter of the Camden Town Group (b. 1865)

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1939 – Havelock Ellis, English physician (b. 1859)

1971 – Charlie Shavers, American trumpet player (b. 1920)

1979 – Michael Wilding, English actor (b. 1912)

1990 – Howard Duff, American actor (b. 1913)

1991 – James Franciscus, American actor (b. 1934)

1994 – Dick Sargent, American actor (b. 1930)

1999 – Pete Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)

2006 – June Allyson, American actress (b. 1917)

2011 – Betty Ford, American activist and founder of the Betty Ford Center, 40th First Lady of the United States (b. 1918)

2012 – Lionel Batiste, American singer and musician (Treme Brass Band) (b. 1931)

2012 – Ernest Borgnine, American actor (b. 1917)

Today is

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Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Omelette Day
Video Games Day
International Town Criers Day
SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)

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