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Now for the history lesson!

On This Day

In 1486, King Henry VII of England married Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV.

In 1788, the first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony.

In 1884, Dr. William Price cremated the body of his infant son, which was believed illegal at the time (though there was no actual legislation banning it), setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.

In 1944, NYC's Metropolitan Opera House hosted its first jazz concert with a great bill that included  Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

In 1990, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.

In 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.

Born on This Day

1689 – Montesquieu, French satirist and philosopher (d. 1755)

1743 – Louis Claude de Saint-Martin, French philosopher, known as le philosophe inconnu (d. 1803)

1779 – Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (d. 1869)

1782 – Daniel Webster, American statesman (d. 1852)

1856 – Daniel Hale Williams, African-American surgeon (d. 1931)

1882 – A. A. Milne, English author (d. 1956)

1892 – Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor (d. 1957)

It's hard to know just how to react to the latest NRA ad campaign.

1904 – Cary Grant, English actor (d. 1986)

Cary likes to retire every evening with a nice Barium cocktail.

1908 - Lilian Bond, British actress (d. 1991)

Did somebody order cheesecake?

1913 – Danny Kaye, American actor (d. 1987)

Danny was shocked and horrified that Lucy had gotten hold of the incriminating photos.

Or.. one of the best movie scenes EVAH!

1920 - Constance Moore, American actress and singer (d. 2005)

The jokes write themselves.

1932 – Robert Anton Wilson, American author (d. 2007)

1933 – John Boorman, Irish film director

1941 – David Ruffin, American singer (The Temptations) (d. 1991)

1944 - Larry "Legs" Smith, British musician (Bonzo Dog Band)

1949 - Philippe Starck, French product designer

1955 – Kevin Costner, American actor

1962 - Alison Arngrim, American actress (Little House on the Prairie)

1963 – Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland

1964 – Jane Horrocks, British actress

1969 – Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer

1973 – Ben Jealous, African-American leader, president of the NAACP

1973 – Crispian Mills, British musician and Hayley Mills' kid. (The Jeevas and Kula Shaker)

1977 – Richard Archer, British singer (Hard-Fi)

1982 – Quinn Allman, American Guitarist (The Used)

Died on This Day

1862 – John Tyler, 10th President of the United States (b. 1790)

1873 – Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, English author (b. 1803)

1886 - Baldassare Verazzi, Italian painter (b. 1819)

I have forced this woman to bear my child and then denied the child a pony. My work here is done.

1923 – Wallace Reid, American actor (b. 1891)

I tell you Fido, those tyrants are trying to take your guns.

1936 – Rudyard Kipling, British writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1865)

1952 – Curly Howard, American actor and comedian (b. 1903)

1954 – Sydney Greenstreet, English actor (b. 1879)

1971 – Virgil Finlay, American horror illustrator (b. 1914)

1971 - Catherine Calvert, American actress (b. 1890)


1975 – Gertrude Olmstead, American actress (b. 1897)

Gertie gets wistful remembering how much more fun it was trolling in her day.

1980 – Sir Cecil Beaton, English fashion designer (b. 1904)

1996 - Leonor Fini, Argentine painter (b. 1907)


1997 – Paul Tsongas, American politician (b. 1941)

2007 – Brent Liles, American musician (Agent Orange and Social Distortion) (b. 1963)

2010 – Robert B. Parker, American crime writer (b. 1932)

2011 – Sargent Shriver, American politician (b. 1915)

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