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On This Day

In 1814 , the Times in London began using a high speed automatic, steam powered printing press (built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer) making it possible to finally provide newspapers to a mass audience.

In 1907, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opened his first movie theater in Haverhill, Massachusetts. As you all know, he wound up being the final ‘M’ in ‘MGM.’

In 1909, Sergei Rachmaninoff gave the debut performance of his Piano Concerto No. 3, considered to be one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire. (Feel free to post your favorite version in the comments.)

In 1925, the Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee as WSM Barn Dance.

Born on This Day

1757 – William Blake, British poet (d. 1827)


1853 – Helen Magill White, first American woman to earn a PhD (d. 1944)

1895 – José Iturbi, Spanish pianist (d. 1980)

1896 – Lilia Skala, Austrian actress (d. 1994)


1904 – Nancy Mitford, English writer (d. 1973)

1915 – Evald Okas, Estonian painter (d. 2011)

Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

1923 – Gloria Grahame, American actress (d. 1981)

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1929 – Berry Gordy Jr., American record company owner

1931 – Tomi Ungerer, French graphic artist


1932 – Gato Barbieri, Argentinian saxophonist

1933 – Hope Lange, American actress (d. 2003)

1936 – Gary Hart, American politician who, as a Dem, lost out due to a sex scandal.

1943 – Randy Newman, American composer

1944 – Rita Mae Brown, American writer

1948 – Beeb Birtles, Dutch-Australian musician (Little River Band)

1948 – Dick Morris, American political figure, author. The key word here is “Dick.”

1950 – Ed Harris, American actor

1952 – S. Epatha Merkerson, American actress

1962 – Jon Stewart, American comedian

1962 – Matt Cameron, American drummer (Soundgarden)

1966 – Sam Seder, American comedian and admirer of kirbybruno

1968 – Dawn Robinson, American singer (En Vogue)

Died on This Day

1870 – Frédéric Bazille, French painter (b. 1841)

Frederic Bazille - Family Reunion, 1867 at Musée d'Orsay Paris France

1963 – Karyn Kupcinet, American actress and conspiracy theory figure. (b. 1941)

Hawaiian Eye TV Show Robert Conrad 1961

1968 – Enid Blyton, British children's author (b. 1897)

1976 – Rosalind Russell, American actress (b. 1907)


1992 – Sidney Nolan, Australian painter (b. 1917)

[ N ] Sidney Nolan - Wimmera (1966)

1993 – Jerry Edmonton, Canadian drummer (Steppenwolf) (b. 1946)

2000 – Liane Haid, Austrian actress (b. 1895)

Liane Haid & Willi Forst

2002 – Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)

2010 – Leslie Nielsen, Canadian-born American actor (b. 1926)

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