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On This Day

In 1920, the New York State Assembly refused to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen.

In 1927, commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London.

In 1953, President Harry S. Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.

In 1955, singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, becoming the first black person to perform there as a member.

In 1959, the United States recognized Fidel Castro's new government in Cuba.

In 1972, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William H. Rehnquist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th members of the Supreme Court.

In 1997, Newt Gingrich became the first Republican re-elected House speaker in 68 years.

In 1999, President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial began in the Senate.

In 2006, Rep. Tom DeLay, facing corruption charges, stepped down as House majority leader.

Born on This Day

1800 – Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States (d. 1874)

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1844 – Bernadette Soubirous, French saint (d. 1879)

1845 – King Ludwig III of Bavaria (d. 1921)

1873 – Adolph Zukor, Hungarian producer (d. 1976)

1888 – Vera de Bosset, Russian dancer, wife of Igor Stravinsky (d. 1982)

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1890 - Henny Porten, German silent screen star (d. 1960)

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1891 – Zora Neale Hurston, African-American writer (d. 1960)

1903 – Alan Napier, English actor (d. 1988)

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1911 – Butterfly McQueen, American actress (d. 1995)

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1912 – Charles Addams, American cartoonist (d. 1988)

1929 – Robert Juniper, Australian painter and sculptor (d. 2012)

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1929 – Terry Moore, American actress

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1935 – Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (d. 2006)

1938 – Roland Topor, French illustrator, writer, songwriter (d. 1997)

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1946 – Jann Wenner, American publisher

1948 – Kenny Loggins, American singer (Loggins and Messina)

1957 – Katie Couric, American television host

1959 – Kathy Valentine, American musician (The Go-Go's)

1961 – John Thune, hypocritical wingnut American politician, junior senator of South Dakota

1963 – Clint Mansell, English musician and composer (Pop Will Eat Itself)

1963 – Rand Paul, American politician, Junior Senator from Kentucky, self serving little brat

1964 – Nicolas Cage, American actor

Died on This Day

1536 – Catherine of Aragon, consort of Henry VIII of England (b. 1485)

1619 – Nicholas Hilliard, English painter (b. c.1547)

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1722 - Antoine Coypel, French painter (b. 1661)

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1830 – Thomas Lawrence, English painter (b. 1769)

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1864 – Caleb Blood Smith, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior (b. 1808)

1943 – Nikola Tesla, Serbian-born inventor and electrical engineer (b. 1856)

1980 – Larry Williams, American singer and songwriter (b. 1935)

1985 - Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (b. 1917)

1988 – Trevor Howard, English actor (b. 1913)

2001 – James Carr, American Rhythm & Blues and soul musician (b. 1942)

2004 – Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (b. 1926)

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