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On This Day

In 1911, the Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act (something that would never happen today).

In 1948, just hours after declaring independence, Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

In 1969, Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned amid a controversy over his past legal fees. (Another thing that could never happen today, at least not with a conservative justice.)

In 1970, two black students at Jackson State College in Mississippi were killed when police opened fire during student protests.

In 1972, Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot while on the campaign trail for the Demo Dixiecratic presidential nomination in Laurel, MD., leaving him permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

In 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that gay couples in the state could marry – a human rights victory that was overturned when Proposition 8 passed that November.

Born on This Day

1628 - Carlo Cignani, Italian painter (d. 1719)

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1689 – Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (d. 1762)

1720 – Maximilian Hell, Hungarian astronomer (d. 1792) (With that name, wouldn't you look to the stars, too?)

1842 - Gustav Igler, Hungarian genre painter (d. 1908)

1838 - Nicolae Grigorescu, Romanian painter (d. 1907)

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1848 – Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (d. 1926)

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1856 – L. Frank Baum, American author (d. 1919)

1859 – Pierre Curie, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1906)

1864 - Wilhelm Hammershøi, Danish painter (d. 1916)

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1889 - Bessie Abramowitz Hillman, union activist (d. 1970)

1895 – Prescott Bush, American banker and politician, who unfortunately was not sterile. (d. 1972)

1898 – Arletty, French model and actress (d. 1992)

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1910 – Constance Cummings, English actress (d. 2005)

1923 – Richard Avedon, American photographer (d. 2004)

1930 – Jasper Johns, American painter

1936 – Wavy Gravy, American clown and activist

1937 – Madeleine Albright, Czech-American politician, 64th United States Secretary of State

1937 – Trini Lopez, American singer, guitarist, and actor

1938 – Diane Nash, American Civil Rights activist

1940 – Roger Ailes, one of Satan's minions

1946 – Aly Bain, Shetland fiddler (The Boys of the Lough)

1948 – Brian Eno, English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Roxy Music and 801)

1948 – Kathleen Sebelius, American politician, 21st United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

1952 – Phil Seymour, American power pop singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (d. 1993) RIP, dude.

1953 – Mike Oldfield, English musician, songwriter, and producer

1959 – Andrew Eldritch, English singer-songwriter and musician (The Sisters of Mercy, The Sisterhood, and SSV)

1961 – Melle Mel, American rapper and songwriter (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five)

Died on This Day

1381 – Eppelein von Gailingen, German robber baron (b. 1315)

1461 - Domenico Veneziano, Italian painter (b. 1410)

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1634 – Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (b. 1585)

1734 - Sebastiano Ricci, Italian Rococo era painter (b. 1659)

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1782 - Richard Wilson, Welsh landscape painter (b. 1713)

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1789 - Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre, French painter (b. 1714)

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1793 - Peter Adolf Hall, Swedish miniature painter (b. 1739)

1833 - Edmund Kean, English actor (b. 1787)

1859 - Lancelot-Théodore Turpin de Crissé, French painter (b. 1782)

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1886 – Emily Dickinson, American poet (b. 1830)

1891 - Edwin Long, English painter (b. 1829)

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1908 - Charles Frederick Ulrich, American artist (b. 1858)

1935 - Kazimir Malevich, Ukrainian Cubist painter (b. 1878)

1948 – Edward J. Flanagan, American priest, founder of Boys Town (b. 1886)

1967 – Edward Hopper, American painter (b. 1882)

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1992 – Barbara Lee, American singer (The Chiffons) (b. 1947)

1994 – Gilbert Roland, Mexican actor (b. 1905) (See Tipple Jar)

2003 – June Carter Cash, American singer-songwriter, musician, dancer, and actress (b. 1929)

Today is

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Peace Officers Memorial Day
National Chocolate Chip Day
National Tuberous Sclerosis Day
Nylon Stockings Day
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Straw Hat Day
Turn Beauty Inside Out Day

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