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On This Day

In 1789, the House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City and elected Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as first Speaker of the House.

In 1853, Cincinnati, Ohio introduced the novel idea of paying its firefighters a regular salary to risk their lives saving other peoples' stuff.

In 1918, the RAF (Royal Air Force) was established in Great Britain.

In 1933, the recently elected Nazi Party began their systematic persecution of Jews with a boycott on all Jewish businesses.

In 1960, the first weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched from Cape Canaveral.

In 1970, President Nixon signed a bill that banned cigarette advertising on radio and TV.

In 1987, President Reagan declared AIDS to be Public Health Enemy Number One.

In 2008, the Pentagon released to the public a legal memo from March 14, 2003, approving the use of "harsh interrogation techniques," AKA torture, against terror suspects.

Born on This Day

1578 – William Harvey, English physician (d. 1657)

1766 - François-Xavier Fabre, French painter (d. 1837)

The makeshift toga and the beer concealed in a paper bag signaled to others that this man should be avoided.

1785 - Ferdinand Olivier, German painter (d. 1841)

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1790 - Louis-Charles-Auguste Couder, French painter (d. 1873)

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1809 – Nikolai Gogol, Russian writer (d. 1852)

1815 – Otto von Bismarck, German statesman (d. 1898)

1821 - Geskel Saloman, Swedish painter (d. 1902)

1831 - Albert Anker, Swiss painter (d. 1910)

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1854 – Bill Traylor, American artist (d. 1949)

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1856 - Charles Maurin, French painter (d. 1914)

1868 – Edmond Rostand, French dramatist (d. 1918)

1883 – Lon Chaney, Sr., American actor (d. 1930)

1884 – Laurette Taylor, American actress (d. 1946)

1885 – Wallace Beery, American actor (d. 1949)

1895 – Alberta Hunter, American singer (d. 1984)

1897 – Nita Naldi, American actress (d. 1961)

1901 – Whittaker Chambers, American writer, editor, and defector (d. 1961)

1902 – Mary Miles Minter, American actress (d. 1984)

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1909 – Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (d. 1951)

1920 – Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (d. 1997)

1926 – Anne McCaffrey, American author (d. 2011)

1929 – Milan Kundera, Czech writer

1929 – Jane Powell, American actress, singer, and dancer

1932 – Debbie Reynolds, American actress

1942 – Phil Margo, American musician (The Tokens)

1945 – John Barbata, American drummer (The Sentinals, The Turtles, and Jefferson Airplane)

1946 – Ronnie Lane, English musician, songwriter, and producer (Faces and Small Faces) (d. 1997)

1947 – Robin Scott, English singer (M)

1949 – Gil Scott-Heron, American musician and author (d. 2011)

1950 – Samuel Alito, American lawyer and, unfortunately, Supreme Court justice

1958 – D. Boon, American musician (Minutemen and The Reactionaries) (d. 1985)

1960 – Michael Praed, English actor

1961 – Susan Boyle, Scottish singer

1961 – Mark White, British guitarist (ABC)

1971 – Method Man, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)

1972 – Albert Hughes, American director

1972 – Allen Hughes, American director

1973 – Rachel Maddow, American television host and political analyst

1980 – Bijou Phillips, American actress

Died on This Day

1204 – Eleanor of Aquitaine (b. 1122)

1611 - Gillis van Valkenborch, Flemish painter (b. 1570)

1621 – Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (b. 1577)

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1649 - Juan Bautista Mayno, Spanish painter (b. 1569)

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1839 – Benjamin Pierce, American politician (b. 1757)

1839 - Nicolas-Didier Boguet, French painter (b. 1755)

1852 - Edwin Austin Abbey, American painter (d. 1911)

1881 - Hugues Merle, painter (b. 1823)

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1890 - Francois-Emile de Lansac, painter (b. 1803)

1910 - Andreas Achenbach, German landscape painter (b. 1815)

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1917 – Scott Joplin, American musician and composer (b. 1868)

1946 – Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (b. 1882)

1965 – Helena Rubinstein, Polish-American cosmetics manufacturer (b. 1870)

1966 – Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)

1976 – Max Ernst, German artist (b. 1891)

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1984 – Marvin Gaye, American singer (The Moonglows) (b. 1939)

1992 – Nigel Preston, English drummer (The Cult) (b. 1959)

1998 – Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death, Shadow Project) (b. 1963)

2004 – Paul Atkinson, British guitarist (The Zombies) (b. 1946)

2004 – Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b. 1946)

2004 - Enrique Grau, Columbian painter (b. 1920)

Today is

National Sourdough Bread Day
April Fools' Day
Edible Book Day
Fossil Fools Day
One Cent Day
Firefighter Day

This Month is

Keep America Beautiful Month
National Florida Tomato Month
National Food Month
National Fresh Celery Month
National Humor Month
National Pecan Month
National Soft Pretzel Month
National Soy Foods Month
Poetry Month
Stress Awareness Month

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