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Born on This Day

In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.

In 1794, Congress passed the 11th Amendment to the Constitution.

In 1837, the Illinois state legislature granted a city charter to Chicago.

In 1913, Woodrow Wilson was sworn as the 28th president of the United States.

In 1917, Republican Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the House of Representatives.

In 1918, the first known case of the so called Spanish Flu occurred, leading to a devastating worldwide pandemic.

In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd president, pledging to lead the country out of the Great Depression.

In 1933, Frances Perkins became the first woman to serve in the Cabinet when she took over as secretary of labor.

In 1974, People Magazine was first published.

In 1997, President Bill Clinton barred spending federal money on human cloning.

Born on This Day

1602 – Kanō Tan'yū, Japanese painter (d. 1674)


1610 – William Dobson, English portraitist and painter (d. 1646)


1655 – Fra Vittore del Galgario, Italian painter (d. 1743)


1710 - Aert Schouman, Dutch painter (d. 1792)


1729 – Anne d'Arpajon, comtesse de Noailles, French noblewoman (d. 1794)

1756 – Sir Henry Raeburn, Scottish painter (d. 1823)


1813 - Wijnand Nuijen, Dutch landscape painter (d. 1839)


1815 – Myrtilla Miner, American educator and abolitionist (d. 1864)

1826 – Theodore Judah, American railroad engineer (d. 1863)

1856 – Alfred William Rich, English painter (d. 1921)


1876 – Theodore Hardeen, Founder of the Magician's Guild (d. 1945)

1887 – Violet MacMillan, American actress (d. 1953)

1888 – Rafaela Ottiano, Italian-born American actress (d. 1942)

1889 – Jean-Gabriel Domergue, French painter (d. 1962)


1889 – Pearl White, American actress (d. 1938)


1889 – Robert William Wood, American landscape artist (d. 1979)


1895 – Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator (d. 1953)

1897 – Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (d. 1969)

1902 – Rachel Messerer, Russian silent film and theatre actress (d. 1993)

1903 – Dorothy Mackaill, English-born American actress (d. 1990)


1926 – Richard DeVos, American wingnut businessman

1932 – Miriam Makeba, South African singer (d. 2008)

1936 – Eric Allendale, West Indian trombonist and songwriter (The Foundations) (d. 2001)

1944 – Bobby Womack, American singer (The Valentinos and a long solo career)

1945 – Dieter Meier, Swiss singer (Yello)

1945 – Tara Browne, British socialite (d. 1966) (the Paul is Dead conspiracists think that he didn't die, but took McCartney's place in the Beatles when Paul died.)

1948 – James Ellroy, American writer

1948 – Chris Squire, English bassist

1950 – Rick Perry, American idiot politician

1951 – Pete Haycock, English guitarist and composer (Climax Blues Band and Electric Light Orchestra Part II)

1958 – Patricia Heaton, American wingnut actress

1963 – Jason Newsted, American bassist (Metallica, Voivod)

1966 – Patrick Hannan, drummer (The Sundays)

1967 – Evan Dando, American musician (The Lemonheads)

1969 – Chaz Bono, American actor and activist

1971 – Fergal Lawler, Irish drummer (The Cranberries)

1972 – Alison Wheeler, British singer (The Beautiful South)

1977 – Jeremiah Green, American drummer (Modest Mouse)

1979 – Jon Fratelli, Scottish singer (The Fratellis and Codeine Velvet Club)

Died on This Day

1193 – Saladin, Kurdish sultan (b. 1137)

1615 – Hans von Aachen, German painter (b. 1552)


1762 – Johannes Zick, German fresco painter (b. 1702)

1793 – Louis de Bourbon, French admiral (b. 1725)

1805 – Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French painter (b. 1725)


1916 – Franz Marc, German artist (b. 1880)


1944 – René Lefebvre, martyr of the French Resistance (b. 1879)

1948 – Antonin Artaud, French actor/director (b. 1896)

1978 – Joe Marsala, American jazz clarinetist and songwriter (b. 1907)

1979 – Mike Patto, (Michael Thomas McCarthy), English musician (Spooky Tooth, Boxer) (b. 1942)

1984 – Jewel Carmen, American actress (b. 1897)


1986 – Richard Manuel, Canadian musician (The Band) (b. 1943)

1989 – Tiny Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (b. 1916)

1992 – Néstor Almendros, Spanish cinematographer (b. 1930)

1992 – Mary Osborne, American jazz electric guitarist (b. 1921)

1994 – John Candy, Canadian comedian (b. 1950)

1999 – Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)

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