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On This Day

In 1269, France's Louis IX ordered all Jews caught in public without their yellow identification badge to be fined.

In 1862, Congress voted to outlaw slavery in U.S. Territories.

In 1865, Union troops marched into Galveston, Texas and announced that all the slaves were free under the (then more than two year old) Emancipation Proclamation.

In 1934, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) was established.

In 1964, after a filibuster lasting 83 days, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 finally became law.

In 1987, a Louisiana law that required schools teaching evolution to also teach "creation science" was struck down by the Supreme Court (Edwards v. Aguillard).

Born on This Day*

1580 - Emilio Savonanzi, Italian painter (d. 1660)

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1640 - Johann Heiss, German painter (d. 1704)

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1783 - Thomas Sully, American portrait painter (d. 1872)

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1815 – Cornelius Krieghoff, Canadian painter (d. 1872)

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1824 - Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch, Dutch landscape painter (d. 1903)

1825 - Armand-Desiré Gautier, French painter and lithographer (d. 1894)

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1838 - Charles Joseph Staniland, British painter and illustrator (d. 1916)

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1854 - Jacob Simon Hendrik Kever, aka Hein Kever, Dutch painter (d. 1922)

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1856 - Elbert Hubbard, American writer, publisher, and philosopher, founder of the Roycroft Arts and Crafts community (d. 1915)

1872 - Charles Daniel Ward, British painter (d. 1935)

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1877 – Charles Coburn, American actor (d. 1961)

1891 - Helmut Herzfelde aka “John Heartfield”, German artist who pioneered art as a political tool (d. 1968) Check Google images, his anti nazi stuff is powerful.

1897 – Moe Howard, original stooge (d. 1975)

1914 – Alan Cranston, American politician (d. 2000)

1919 – Dave Lambert, American singer-songwriter and musician (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) (d. 1966)

1930 – Gena Rowlands, American actress

1932 – Pier Angeli, Italian-American actress (d. 1972)

1932 – Marisa Pavan, Italian actress and Pier Angeli's twin sister

1939 – Al Wilson, American singer (d. 2008)

1944 – Chico Buarque, Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and poet

1947 – Salman Rushdie, Indian author

1948 – Nick Drake, influential but not too well known English singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1974)

1948 – Phylicia Rashad, American actress

1950 – Ann Wilson, American singer-songwriter and musician (Heart)

1951 – Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian terrorist, 2nd leader of al-Qaeda

1953 – Larry Dunn, American musician, songwriter, and producer (Earth, Wind & Fire)

1964 – Boris Johnson, English politician (Mayor of London)

Died on This Day

1312 – Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall, English nobleman and favorite of King Edward II (b. 1284)

1650 – Matthäus Merian, Swiss engraver and publisher (b. 1593)

1652 - Claes Janszoon Visscher, Dutch engraver and mapmaker (b. 1587)

1805 – Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, French painter (b. 1724)

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1937 – J. M. Barrie, Scottish author (b. 1860)

1839 - Joseph Paelinck, Belgian painter (b. 1781)

1871 - Johann Fischbach, Austrian landscape and genre painter (b. 1797)

1884 - Adrian Ludwig Richter, German painter, printmaker, and illustrator (b. 1803)

1886 - Rudolf Kremlicka, Czech artist (d. 1932)

1928 - Maria Katarina Wiik, Finnish painter (b. 1853)

1935 - Harald Oskar Sohlberg, Norwegian painter (b. 1869)

1951 - Jozsef Egry, Hungarian painter (b. 1883)

1953 - Harold Pierce Cazneaux, Australian photographer (b. 1878)

1984 – Lee Krasner, American painter (b. 1908)

1991 – Jean Arthur, American actress (b. 1900)

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1997 – Bobby Helms, American singer (b. 1933)

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