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On This Day

In 1802, Washington, D.C., was incorporated.

In 1921, West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.

In 1936, Joe DiMaggio made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.

In 1937, Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel "Gone with the Wind."

In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.

In 1960, the musical "The Fantasticks" opened off-Broadway, starting a record run of almost 42 years.

In 1988, the White House admitted that first lady Nancy Reagan used astrological advice to help schedule President Ronald Reagan's activities.

Born on This Day

1469 – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian and author (d. 1527)

1826 - Robert Zünd, Swiss painter (d.1909)

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

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1861 – Emmett Dalton, American outlaw, member of the Dalton Gang (d. 1937)

1870 - Alexandre Benois, painter (d. 1960)

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1887 – Marika Kotopouli, Greek actress (d. 1954)

1888 – Beulah Bondi, American actress (d. 1981)

1891 - Richard Ziegler, painter and graphic designer (d. 1992)

1898 – Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist (d. 1987)

1898 – Golda Meir, Israeli teacher and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1978)

1903 – Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (The Rhythm Boys) (d. 1977)

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1906 – Mary Astor, American actress (d. 1987)

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1907 – Dorothy Young, American actress and novelist (d. 2011)

1913 – William Inge, American playwright (d. 1973)

1917 – Betty Comden, American actress, screenwriter, and lyricist (d. 2006)

1919 – Pete Seeger, American singer-songwriter, musician, and activist (The Weavers and Almanac Singers)

1920 – John Lewis, American pianist, arranger, and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 2001)

1921 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (d. 1989)

1933 – James Brown, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (d. 2006)

1933 -  Domenico Gnoli, Italian artist (d. 1970)

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1944 – Pete Staples, English musician (The Troggs)

1949 – Ron Wyden, American politician

1950 – Mary Hopkin, Welsh Singer-songwriter and musician

1953 – Gary Young, American musician and singer (Pavement)

1959 – David Ball, English musician and producer (Soft Cell and The Grid)

1961 – David Vitter, American politician

1965 – Nina Garcia, Colombian-American fashion director, journalist, and critic

1975 – Christina Hendricks, American actress

1978 – Paul Banks, American singer-songwriter and musician (Interpol)

1981 – Farrah Franklin, American singer and actress (Destiny's Child)

1990 – Levi Johnston, Alaskan grifter and almost Palin.

Died on This Day

1587 - Lelio Orsi, Italian painter (b. 1511)

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1703 - Eglon van der Neer, Dutch historical painter (b. 1634)

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1758 – Pope Benedict XIV (b. 1675)

1910 – Howard Taylor Ricketts, American pathologist (b. 1871)

1918 - William Frederick Yeames, British painter (b. 1835)

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1972 – Bruce Cabot, American actor (b. 1904)

1972 – Les Harvey, Scottish guitarist Stone the Crows (b. 1944)

1989 – Christine Jorgensen, American transsexual (b. 1926)

1991 – Jerzy Kosiński, Polish writer (b. 1933)

1992 – George Murphy, American dancer, actor, and politician (b. 1902)

2003 – Suzy Parker, American actress (b. 1932)

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2006 – Karel Appel, Dutch painter (b. 1921)

2007 – Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923)

2010 – Roy Carrier, American accordion player (b. 1947)

2012 – Lloyd Brevett, Jamaican bass player and producer (The Skatalites) (b. 1931)

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