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On This Day

In 1896, Henry Ford took his first gas-powered vehicle, the Quadricycle, for a test drive around Detroit.

In 1912, Massachusetts instituted the first minimum wage law in the U.S.

In 1917, the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded for the first time.

In 1919, the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was approved by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

In 1943 (following two previous racially charged incidents) 200  U.S. Navy men took around 20 taxis and drove into East L.A., intending to kick some Latino ass. Their first victims were a group of 12-13 year old boys. They stripped anyone wearing a zoot suit and burned the suits. The violence in the wake of the attacks became known as the Zoot Suit Riots.

In 1989, the protests in Tiananmen Square ended in violence as Chinese troops moved in to quash them, killing hundreds (the exact number is unknown, but could be as high as 1000).

Born on This Day

1604 - Claudia de' Medici, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (d. 1648)

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1738 – King George III of the United Kingdom (d. 1820)

1787 – Constant Prévost, French geologist (d. 1856)

1817 - Henricus Reyntjens, Dutch artist (d. 1900)

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1880 – Clara Blandick, American actress (d. 1962)

1907 – Rosalind Russell, American actress (d. 1976)

1912 – Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (d. 1993)

1916 – Fernand Leduc, abstract expressionist painter

1924 – Dennis Weaver, American actor (d. 2006)

1928 – Dr. Ruth Westheimer, German-American therapist and author

1930 – Morgana King, American singer and actress

1932 – John Drew Barrymore, American actor (d. 2004)

1934 – Daphne Sheldrick, Kenyan conservationist and author

1936 – Bruce Dern, American actor

1937 – Freddy Fender, American singer and guitarist (Texas Tornados and Los Super Seven) (d. 2006)

1937 – Mort Zuckerman, American publishing tycoon

1944 – Michelle Phillips, American singer-songwriter and actress (The Mamas & the Papas)

1945 – Anthony Braxton, American bandleader, musician, and composer

1945 – Gordon Waller, Scottish singer-songwriter and gutarist (Peter and Gordon) (d. 2009)

1950 – Dagmar Krause, German singer and pianist (Slapp Happy, Henry Cow, Art Bears, and News from Babel)

1953 – Linda Lingle, American politician, 6th Governor of Hawaii

1953 – Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish singer-songwriter and musician (One in a Million, Wings, and Thunderclap Newman) (d. 1979)

1955 – Val McDermid, Scottish mystery writer (highly recommended!)

1964 – Sean Pertwee, English actor (son of 3rd Dr. Who Jon)

1971 – Noah Wyle, American actor

1972 - Karl Urban, New Zealand actor

1975 – Russell Brand, English comedian and actor

1975 – Angelina Jolie, American actress

1986 – Oona Chaplin, Spanish actress (Talisa in Game of Thrones)

Died on This Day

1585 – Muretus, French humanist (b. 1526)

1737 - François Le Moyne, French painter (b. 1688)

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1793 - Jan Ekels the Younger, Dutch painter (b. 1759)

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1798 – Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer and writer (b. 1725)

1801 – Frederick Muhlenberg, American minister and politician (b. 1750)

1809 - Nicolai Abildgaard, Danish artist (b. 1743)

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1818 - Egbert van Drielst, Dutch painter and engraver (b. 1745)

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1910 - Hippolyte-Camille Delpy, French landscape painter (b. 1842)

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1939 – Tommy Ladnier, American trumpeter (b. 1900)

1956 – Katherine MacDonald, American actress (b. 1881)

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1957 - Adolf Dietrich, Swiss artist (b. 1877)

1968 – Dorothy Gish, American actress (b. 1898)

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1970 – Sonny Tufts, American actor (b. 1911)

1975 - Evelyn Brent, American actress (b. 1901)

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1994 – Derek Leckenby, English guitarist (Herman's Hermits) (b. 1943)

1997 – Ronnie Lane, English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Faces and Small Faces) (b. 1946)

2009 - Robert Colescott, African-American painter (d. 1925)

Today is

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