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On This Day

In 1801, John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.

In 1841, Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain. They gave it back in 1997 (with a period of Japanese occupation during WW2).

In 1885, L.A. Thompson patented the roller coaster. It’s been up or down ever since.

In 1920, the ACLU was founded.

In 1954, the National Negro Network was established with 40 charter member radio stations targeting black audiences.

In 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States.

In 1981, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States.

In 1981, Iran released 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days.

In 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.

In 2001, George W. Bush took the oath of office as the 43rd president of the United States.

In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States.

Born on This Day

1798 – Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas (d. 1858)

1829 - John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, English painter (d. 1908)


1834 – George D. Robinson, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)

1837 – David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1910)

1867 – Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (d. 1944)


1878 – Finlay Currie, British actor (d. 1968)


1878 – Ruth St. Denis, American dancer (d. 1968)


1888 - Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, influential blues musician, singer, songwriter (d. 1949)

1896 – George Burns, American actor, comedian (d. 1996)

1896 – Isabel Withers, American actress (d. 1968)

1900 – Colin Clive, British actor (d. 1937)

1902 – Leon Ames, American actor (d. 1993)

Leon Ames; in ''Code of the streets'' (publicity) 1939.

1907 – Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (d. 2000)

1918 – Juan García Esquivel, Mexican bandleader (d. 2002)

1920 – Federico Fellini, Italian film director (d. 1993)

1920 – DeForest Kelley, American actor (d. 1999)

1926 – Patricia Neal, American actress (d. 2010)


1929 – Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer

1929 – Arte Johnson, American actor

1930 – Buzz Aldrin, American astronaut

1934 – Tom Baker, British actor and best Doctor Who

1943 – Rick Evans, American singer (Zager and Evans)

1945 – Eric Stewart, English musician and songwriter (10cc, Hotlegs and The Mindbenders)

1946 – David Lynch, American film director

1952 – Paul Stanley, American musician (Kiss and Wicked Lester)

1956 – Bill Maher, American author, comedian, and political analyst

1959 – Tami Hoag, American novelist

1959 – R.A. Salvatore, American author

1960 – Scott Thunes, American musician (Frank Zappa) and good friend, happy birthday, ya old reprobate!

1965 – Greg Kriesel, American bassist (The Offspring)

1969 – Nicky Wire, British musician (Manic Street Preachers)

Died on This Day

1779 – David Garrick, English actor (b. 1717)

1875 – Jean-François Millet, French painter (b. 1814)

Des Glaneuses - J. F. Millet

1924 – Ivor Crapp, Australian rules football umpire with a great name (b. 1872)

1965 – Alan Freed, American disk jockey (b. 1922)

1971 – Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, American actor, director, writer, and producer (b. 1880)

1980 – William Roberts, British painter (b. 1895)


1984 – Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor (b. 1904)

1989 - Beatrice Lillie, actress (b. 1894)


1990 – Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (b. 1907)

Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda

1993 – Audrey Hepburn, Anglo-Dutch actress (b. 1929)


1996 – Gerry Mulligan, American musician (b. 1927)

2003 – Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (b. 1903)

Frolic Room Mural

2003 – Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)

2012 – Etta James, American singer (b. 1938)

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