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In 1579, Sir Francis Drake claimed for England what is now believed to have been Drake's Bay in Marin County, CA.

In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York (in pieces in crates on a ship from France). She never made it past Ellis Island.

In 1930, President Hoover signed into law that Hoot-Smawley Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act that had Mrs. Bachmann so confused.

In 1932, the Senate voted down the Patman Bonus Bill, which would have provided WWI veterans with cash bonuses for their service (instead of having to wait until 1945 as previously decreed).

In 1963, in the case of Abington School District v. Schempp, the Supremes ruled 8-1 that schools could not require the recitation of bible verses and prayers in public schools.

In 1971, Nixon declared the War on Drugs.

Born on This Day

1603 – Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint, not a tech-industry executive (d. 1663)

1660 - Jan van Mieris, Dutch painter (d. 1690)

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1691 – Giovanni Paolo Panini, Italian painter and architect (d. 1765)

1714 – César-François Cassini de Thury, French astronomer (d. 1784)

1859 - Walter Osborne, Irish painter (d. 1903)

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1863 – Charles Michael, Duke of Mecklenburg (d. 1934)

1867 – Flora Finch, English-American actress (d. 1940)

1871 – James Weldon Johnson, American author, politician, diplomat, journalist, and activist (d. 1938)

1873 - Eduardo Chicharro Agüera, Spanish painter (d. 1949)

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1882 – Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (d. 1971)

1898 – M. C. Escher, Dutch illustrator (d. 1972)

1899 - Fausto Pirandello, Italian painter (d. 1975)

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1900 – Martin Bormann, German Nazi official (d. 1945)

1902 – Sammy Fain, American composer (d. 1989)

1903 – Ruth Graves Wakefield, American cook and businesswoman, invented the Chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)

1904 – Ralph Bellamy, American actor (d. 1991)

1907 – Charles Eames, American designer and architect (d. 1978)

1910 – Red Foley, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor (d. 1968)

1916 – Terry Gilkyson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and composer (The Easy Riders), father of Tony and Eliza (d. 1999)

1919 – Beryl Reid, English actress (d. 1996)

1931 – John Baldessari, American artist

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1932 – Peter Lupus, American actor

1932 – John Murtha, American politician (d. 2010)

1936 – Ken Loach, lefty English director

1943 – Newt Gingrich, hypocritical American politician and serial adulterer.

1943 – Barry Manilow, American singer-songwriter and producer

1944 – Chris Spedding, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947 – Gregg Rolie, American keyboardist, organist and singer (Santana and They Who Shall Not be Named)

1949 – Snakefinger, English singer-songwriter and musician (The Residents and Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers) (d. 1987)

1950 – Lee Tamahori, New Zealand director (Once Were Warriors)

1951 – Joe Piscopo, American actor

1957 – Phil Chevron, Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and composer (The Pogues and The Radiators From Space)

1958 – Jello Biafra, American singer, musician, and activist (Dead Kennedys)

1963 – Greg Kinnear, American actor

1966 – Jason Patric, American actor

1967 – Eric Stefani, American keyboardist, songwriter, and animator (No Doubt)

1980 – Venus Williams, American tennis player

Died on This Day

1694 – Philip Howard, English cardinal (b. 1629)

1696 – John III Sobieski of Poland (b. 1629)

1858 – Rani Lakshmibai Indian queen (b. 1828)

1887 - Hugo Birger, Swedish painter (b. 1854)

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1898 - Carlos de Haes, Belgian painter who primarily worked in Spain (b. 1829)

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1898 – Edward Burne-Jones, English artist (b. 1833)

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1900 - Theodor Christoph Schüz, German painter (b. 1830)

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1961 – Jeff Chandler, American actor (b. 1918)

1974 – Pamela Britton, American actress (b. 1923)

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2007 – Gianfranco Ferré, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)

2007 – Serena Wilson, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1933)

2008 – Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922) (see Tipple Jar)

2012 – Rodney King, American victim of police brutality (b. 1965)

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