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On This Day

In 1670, England's King Charles II granted a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.

In 1863, General Stonewall Jackson was wounded by "friendly fire," and died 8 days later.

In 1885, the magazine Good Housekeeping went on sale for the first time. (I have never bought or even looked at a copy, and am not a good housekeeper. Coincidence?)

In 1920, the first game of the Negro National League baseball was played in Indianapolis.

In 1933, Hitler banned trade unions.

In 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Born on This Day

1660 – Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (d. 1725)

1729 – Catherine the Great, Russian empress (d. 1796)

1737 – William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, English statesman, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1805)

1772 – Novalis, German writer (d. 1801)

1806 - Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre, or Charles Gleyre, Swiss painter and teacher (d. 1874)

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1808 – Emma Wedgwood, English naturalist, wife of Charles Darwin (d. 1896)

1865 – Clyde Fitch, American playwright (d. 1909)

1885 – Hedda Hopper, American actress and columnist (d. 1966)

1887 – Vernon Castle, English dancer (d. 1918)

1887 - Anton Doll, German painter (d. 1826)

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1895 – Lorenz Hart, American playwright, songwriter, and composer (d. 1943)

1903 – Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and author (d. 1998)

1906 – Philippe Halsman, American photographer (d. 1979)

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1913 – Nigel Patrick, English actor (d. 1981)

1921 – Satyajit Ray, Indian director (d. 1992)

1929 – Link Wray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)

1931 – Martha Grimes, American author of British mystery novels

1936 – Engelbert Humperdinck, English singer

1944 – Bob Henrit, English drummer (Argent)

1945 – Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan actress, model, and activist

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1945 – Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf, The Mynah Birds, and The Sparrows) (The Sparrow were downhill neighbors of mine when I was a wee one.)

1946 – Lesley Gore, American singer

1946 – David Suchet, English actor

1975 – David Beckham, English footballer

1978 – Steve Bays, Canadian musician (Hot Hot Heat)

Died on This Day

1430 - Giovanni Francesco Toscani, Italian painter (b. 1372)

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1519 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian inventor and painter (b. 1452)

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1685 - Adriaen van Ostade, Dutch painter (b. 1610)

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1714 - Gennaro Greco “Mascacotta”, Italian painter (b. 1663)

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1819 – Mary Moser, English painter (b. 1744)

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1880 – Eberhard Anheuser, German soap and candle maker, founder of the Anheuser-Busch Company (b. 1805)

1919 - Evelyn de Morgan, English painter (b. 1855)

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1957 – Joseph McCarthy, American disgrace (b. 1908)

1972 – J. Edgar Hoover, American 1st director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (b. 1895)

1980 – George Pal, Hungarian director (b. 1908)

1992 – Wilbur Mills, American politician (b. 1909)

1998 – Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)

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1999 – Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938) (see Tipple Jar)

2010 – Lynn Redgrave, English actress (b. 1943)

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