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On This Day

In 1099, the Siege of Jerusalem began.

In 1654, the coronation of Louis XIV of France was held.

In 1892, President Benjamin Harris was the first President to attend a baseball game. He did not throw out the first pitch.

In 1892, Homer Plessy was arrested in New Orleans when he refused to leave a whites-only train car. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court.  Their decision in Plessy v. Ferguson was one of their worst, as they upheld the notion of "separate but equal." (As if!)

In 1899, nutjob temperance crusader Carrie Nation trashed her first saloon.

In 1929, Vatican City became a sovereign state with the signing of the Lateran Treaty.

In 1965, the Supreme Court established a right to privacy in their decision in the Griswold v. Connecticut case, overturning that state's ban on contraceptives.

In 2006, Al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in Iraq by a U.S. airstrike.

Born on This Day

1724 - Franz Anton Maulbertsch, Austrian painter (d. 1796)

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1757 – Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (d. 1806)

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1778 – Beau Brummell, English fashion designer (d. 1840)

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1819 - Edwin Hayes, Irish marine painter (d. 1904)

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1848 – Paul Gauguin, French painter (d. 1903)

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1868 – Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect and designer (d. 1928)

1869 - Lamorna Birch, British landscape painter (d. 1955)

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1872 - Rodolphe d'Erlanger, Franco-British painter (d. 1932)

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1883 – Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy (d. 1948)

1889 - Rodolphe-Théophile Bosshard, Swiss painter (d. 1960)

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1900 – Glen Gray, American saxophonist and bandleader (Casa Loma Orchestra) (d. 1963)

1909 – Jessica Tandy, English-American actress (d. 1994)

1915 – Graham Ingels, American illustrator (d. 1991)

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1917 – Dean Martin, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1995)

1921 – Tal Farlow, American guitarist (d. 1998)

1931 – Malcolm Morley, English painter

1931 – Virginia McKenna, English actress

1940 – Tom Jones, Welsh singer and actor

1942 – Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan politician, Prime Minister of Libya (d. 2011)

1952 – Liam Neeson, Irish actor

1957 – Paddy McAloon, English singer-songwriter (Prefab Sprout)

1958 – Prince, American singer-songwriter, musician, producer

1961 – Dave Catching, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Tex and the Horseheads, Ringling Sisters, Earthlings? and Mondo Generator)

1967 – Dave Navarro, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Jane's Addiction, Deconstruction, The Panic Channel, and Camp Freddy)

1976 – Necro, American rapper, producer, and director (Injustice, Secret Society, and The Godfathers)

1981 – Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player

Died on This Day

1667 - Thomas de Keyser, Dutch painter (b. 1596)

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1810 – Luigi Schiavonetti, Italian engraver (b. 1765)

1840 – Frederick William III of Prussia (b. 1770)

1843 - Georges Michel, French painter (b. 1763)

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1859 - David Cox, English landscape painter (b. 1783)

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1866 – Chief Seattle, Native American leader (b. ca 1780)

1912 - Albert Welti, Swiss painter (b. 1862)

1937 – Jean Harlow, American actress (b. 1911)

1954 – Alan Turing, English mathematician and computer scientist (b. 1912)

1963 – ZaSu Pitts, American actress (b. 1894)

1965 – Judy Holliday, American actress (b. 1921)

1966 – Jean Arp, German artist and poet (b. 1886)

1967 – Dorothy Parker, American writer (b. 1893)

1968 – Dan Duryea, American actor (b. 1907)

1970 – E. M. Forster, English author (b. 1879)

1980 – Henry Miller, American writer (b. 1891)

2009 – Hugh Hopper, English bassist and composer (The Wilde Flowers and Soft Machine) (b. 1945)

2009 – Kenny Rankin, American singer-songwriter (b. 1940)

2012 – Nolan Miller, American fashion designer (b. 1933)

2012 – Bob Welch, American singer-songwriter and musician (Paris and Fleetwood Mac) (b. 1945)

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