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On This Day

In 1789, George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.

In 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, effectively doubling the size of the country.

In 1812, Louisiana became the 18th State.

In 1859, Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities was first published, in serial form.

In 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World's Fair, opened in St. Louis.

In 1939, the New York World's Fair opened.

In 1958, the AARP was formed.

In 1970, Nixon announced that the US was sending troops into Cambodia.

In 1993, tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a man who ran onto the court during a match in Hamburg, Germany.

In 1997, the "coming out" episode of the sitcom "Ellen" was aired on ABC, in which Ellen DeGeneres' title character admitted to being a lesbian.

Born on This Day

1504 - Francesco Primaticcio, Italian painter (d. 1570)

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1551 - Jacopo da Empoli, Italian mannerist painter (d. 1640)

Bianca was the premier goth trendsetter of her day.

1686 – Jean-Baptiste Oudry, French painter, engraver, and tapestry designer (d. 1755)

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1723 – Mathurin Jacques Brisson, French naturalist (d. 1806)

1729 - Pierre-Jacques Volaire, French painter (d. 1799)

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1777 – Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician (d. 1855)

1804 - Richard Redgrave, British painter (d. 1888)

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1812 – Kaspar Hauser, German mystery boy (d. 1833)

1823 - William Bradford, US painter (d. 1892)

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1835 - Franz von Defregger, Austrian academic painter (d. 1921)

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1869 – Hans Poelzig, German architect, painter, and set designer (d. 1936)

1869 - Philip de Laszlo, Hungarian painter (d. 1937)

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1870 – Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (d. 1948)

1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American expatriate. (d. 1967)

1908 – Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)

1921 – Tove Maës, Danish actress (d. 2011)

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1923 – Percy Heath, American jazz musician (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 2005)

1923 – Al Lewis, American actor (d. 2006)

1925 – Corinne Calvet, French actress (d. 2001)

1925 – Johnny Horton, American singer and musician (d. 1960)

1926 – Cloris Leachman, American actress

1933 – Willie Nelson, American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, and activist

1938 – Larry Niven, American author

1945 – Mimi Fariña, American singer-songwriter, musician, and activist (d. 2001)

1947 – Leslie Grantham, English actor

1956 – Lars von Trier, Danish director

1960 – David Miscavige, American leader of the Church of Scientology

1969 – Warren Defever, American musician and composer (His Name Is Alive)

1972 – JR Richards, American singer-songwriter, and musician (Dishwalla)

1976 – Amanda Palmer, American singer-songwriter, and musician (The Dresden Dolls and Evelyn Evelyn)

Died on This Day

1655 – Eustache Le Sueur, French painter (b. 1617)

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1662 – Mary II of England (d. 1694)

1681 - Gian Domenico Cerrini, Italian painter (b. 1609)

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1704 - Gabriel Blanchard, French painter (b. 1630)

1792 – John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, English statesman (b. 1718)

1883 – Édouard Manet, French painter (b. 1832)

1898 - Philip Hermogenes Calderon, English born painter (b. 1833)

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1900 – Casey Jones, American train engineer (b. 1863)

1903 – Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (b. 1831)

1921 - August Hagborg, Swedish painter (b. 1852)

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1945 – Eva Braun, German photographer and office and lab assistant, wife of Adolf Hitler (b. 1912)

1945 – Adolf Hitler, Austrian-German dictator of Nazi Germany (b. 1889)

1956 – Alben W. Barkley, American politician, 35th Vice President of the United States (b. 1877)

1966 – Richard Farina, American author and singer (b. 1937)

1970 – Inger Stevens, Swedish actress (b. 1934)

1972 – Gia Scala, English-American actress (b. 1934)

1982 – Lester Bangs, American journalist and author (b. 1949)

1983 – George Balanchine, Russian dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)

1983 – Muddy Waters, American singer-songwriter, musician, and bandleader (b. 1913)

2007 – Zola Taylor, American singer (The Platters) (b. 1938)

Today is

International Jazz Day
May Eve, the eve of the first day of summer in the Northern hemisphere
Walpurgis Night (Central and Northern Europe)
Beltane begins at sunset in the Northern hemisphere, Samhain begins at sunset in the Southern hemisphere.
National Raisin Day (sorry, ITSCS)
National Oatmeal Cookie Day
National Honesty Day
World Healing Day
Hairstylist Appreciation Day

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