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Time for your history lesson! Pay attention, there will be a test.

On This Day

In 1732, Benjamin Franklin began publishing Poor Richard's Almanac.

In 1776, Thomas Paine published his essay American Crisis essay, containing the now famous line, "These are the times that try men's souls."

In 1843, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was first published.

In 1907, a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pa., killed 239 workers.

In 1974, Nelson Rockefeller was sworn in as vice president, replacing Gerald Ford, who became president when Nixon resigned.

In 1975, John Paul Stevens was appointed to the Supreme Court.

In 1984, the British government agreed to return their colony of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

In 1993, Libya announced that it would be destroying all of its chemical weapons stockpile.

In 1998, the House of Representatives forwarded articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.

Born on This Day

1849 – Henry Clay Frick, American industrialist and financier (d. 1919) once called the most hated man in America (apparently not the nicest guy, at last in his career).

Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) with his daughter, Helen Clay Frick (1888–1984)

1865 – Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (d. 1932)


1875 – Carter Woodson, American historian and author, founder of Black History Month.  (d. 1950) The son of slaves, his schooling was sporadic in his youth, and he was largely self-taught. Nonetheless, he did well enough to make it to Harvard, where he was the second African-American (after W.E.B. DuBois) to earn a doctorate.


1899 – Martin Luther King, Sr., American Baptist minister and father of Civil Rights activist, Martin Luther King, Jr. (d. 1984)

1902 – Sir Ralph Richardson, English actor (d. 1983)

Ralph Richardson

1906 – Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Union (d. 1982)

1910 – Jean Genet, French writer (d. 1986)

1915 – Édith Piaf, French singer and actress (d. 1963)

1918 – Professor Longhair, American blues musician (d. 1980)

1924 – Edmund Purdom, English actor (d. 2009)

American International Pictures press still of Dr Robert Bradley (Edmund Purdom) and Anna Medford (Michele Girardon) in the ColorScope and Pathe Color film

1928 - Nathan Oliveira, American artist (d. 1910)

Nathan Oliveira: Nineteen Twenty-Nine, 1961

1933 – Cicely Tyson, American actress


1935 – Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (d. 1974)

1940 – Phil Ochs, American folk singer (d. 1976)

1941 – Maurice White, American singer and songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire)

1942 – Cornell Dupree, American session guitarist. (He played the opening guitar riff on Aretha Franklin's "Respect", among other things).

1944 – Richard Leakey, Kenyan paleontologist, conservationist and politician

1944 – Alvin Lee, English singer and musician (Ten Years After)

1955 – Rob Portman, right wing American politician, senator from Ohio

1963 – Jennifer Beals, American actress, gay rights advocate and women’s rights activist


1980 – Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor (Donnie Darko)

Died on This Day

1745 – Jean-Baptiste van Loo, French painter (b. 1684)


1848 – Emily Brontë, English author (b. 1818)

1851 – J. M. W. Turner, British painter (b. 1775) the real “painter of light”


1986 – V. C. Andrews, American author (b. 1923)

1993 – Michael Clarke, American drummer (The Byrds) (b. 1946)

1996 – Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (b. 1924)

Married...with matching moustaches

1997 – Jimmy Rogers, American blues guitarist (b. 1924)

2000 – Rob Buck, American guitarist (10,000 Maniacs) (b. 1958)

2000 – Milt Hinton, American jazz double bassist (b. 1910)

2000 – John Lindsay, American politician (b. 1921)

2000 – Pops Staples, American singer (The Staple Singers) (b. 1915)

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

An original Front-of-House still showing Hope Lange and Elvis Presley in “Wild in the Country”, seen in CinemaScope and colour at the Focus, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday, February 24th, 1962 (20th Century-Fox).

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