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On This Day

In 1498, Girolamo Savonarola (who had popularized the bonfires of the vanities) was burned at the stake on the orders of Pope Alexander VI (aka Rodrigo Borgia, for you fans of the Showtime series).

In 1533, England's King Henry VIII had his marriage to Catherine of Aragon declared null and void.

In 1788, South Carolina became the 8th state to ratify the Constitution.

In 1829, Austrian piano maker Cyrill Demian patented the accordion.

In 1911, the New York Public Library officially opened, with then-President Taft presiding.

In 1934, the crime spree of famed bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde's ended in a hail of bullets fired by police in Black Lake, Louisiana.

In 1960, German war criminal Adolf Eichmann was found in Argentina by Mossad agents, and was taken to Israel to stand trial.

In 1995, the first version of Java (the programming language, not the highly popular caffeinated beverage) was released.

Born on This Day

1598 - Claude Mellan, French engraver and painter (d. 1688)

1614 - Bertholet Flémal (or Flémalle), Flemish painter (d. 1675)

1683 - Antoine Pesne, French painter active in Prussia (d. 1757) (DOB is disputed, I went with Britannica over Wikipedia)

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1734 – Franz Anton Mesmer, Austrian physician and hypnotist (d. 1815)

1810 – Margaret Fuller, American journalist and women's rights advocate (d. 1850)

1810 - Alfred de Dreux (or Dedreux), French artist (d. 1860)

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1813 - Charle-Émile Jacque, French painter (d. 1894)

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1834 – Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter (d. 1890)

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1846 - Harrington Bird, British painter of animals (d. 1936)

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1861 - József Rippl-Rónai, Hungarian painter, (d. 1927)

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1883 – Douglas Fairbanks Sr., American actor (d. 1939)

1883 – Ferenc Talányi, Slovene writer, journalist, and painter (d. 1959)

1890 – Herbert Marshall, English actor (d. 1966)

1910 – Scatman Crothers, American actor singer, dancer, and musician (d. 1986)

1910 – Artie Shaw, American clarinetist, composer, and bandleader (d. 2004)

1912 – John Payne, American actor (d. 1989)

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1919 – Betty Garrett, American actress and dancer (d. 2011)

1928 – Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (d. 2002)

1933 – Joan Collins, English actress

1950 - René Daniëls, Dutch painter.

1955 – Luka Bloom, Irish singer-songwriter and musician

1967 – Phil Selway, English musician and songwriter (Radiohead)

1970 – Matt Flynn, American drummer and producer (Maroon 5)

1973 – Maxwell, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer

1974 – Jewel, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet

1978 – Scott Raynor, American drummer (blink-182)

Died on This Day

1648 -  Louis Le Nain, French Baroque painter (b. ca 1600)

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1669 - Joris van der Haagen, Dutch Baroque painter (b. ca 1615)

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1670 – Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1610)

1684 - Adriaen Backer, Dutch painter (b. 1635)

1701 – William Kidd, Scottish pirate (b. 1645)

1726 - Jean-Baptiste Nattier, French painter (b. 1678)

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1868 – Kit Carson, American frontiersman and Indian fighter (b. 1809)

1886 - Pierre-Édouard Frère, French painter (b. 1819)

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1906 – Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian writer (b. 1828)

1918 - Maxime Maufra, French painter (b. 1861)

1949 – Jan Frans De Boever, Belgian painter (b. 1872)

1955 - Auguste Chabaud, French artist, (b. 1882)

1975 – Moms Mabley, American comedian (b. 1894)

1986 – Sterling Hayden, American actor (b. 1916)

1994 – Joe Pass, American guitarist and composer (b. 1929)

2006 – Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (b. 1921)

2008 – Utah Phillips, American singer-songwriter, poet, and activist (b. 1935)

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