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If today is your birthday, best wishes!  If not, enjoy the offerings below the fold related to people born on this date.  First, some anniversaries:

1204:  The Fourth Crusade takes Constantinople, beginning a slow decline into irrelevance for the city, and carrying Venice to its zenith of power:

1861:  Confederate forces fire on Fort Sumter, marking the beginning of the American Civil War:

1945:  FDR dies:

1961:   Yuri Gagarin become the first man in space:

On to birthdays:

Felilce Giardini:

Pietro Nardini:

Juan Manuel Olivares:

Henry Clay:

Joseph Lanner:

Jose Gautier Benitez:

Heinrich Neuhaus:

Johnny Dodds:

Lily Pons:

Felix De Weldon:

Hound Dog Taylor:

Helen Forrest:

Billy Vaughn:

Ann Miller:

Ned Miller:

Hardy Kruger:

Manuel Neri:

Dennis Banks:

Tiny Tim:

Monserrat Caballe:

Herbie Hancock:

David Letterman:

David Cassidy:

Herbert Gronemeyer:

Vince Gill:

Lisa Gerrard:

Lisa Ray:

Sarah Cracknell:

Mellow Man Ace:

Sebnem Ferah:

Eric Mongrain:

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