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On This Day

In 1877, 10 union organizing Irish immigrants called the Molly Maguires were hanged for alleged murder in Pennsylvania.

In 1964, in Mississippi, civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner were abducted and murdered by the KKK. Their bodies were found 6 weeks later.

 In 1982, Reagan's would-be assassin John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

In 1985, Brazilian scientists announced that recently exhumed remains were indeed those of Josef Mengele, infamous Nazi war criminal. It was confirmed again after a 1992 DNA analysis.

In 1997, the WNBA was formed.

Born on This Day

1002 – Pope Leo IX (d. 1054)

1639 – Increase Mather, American minister and author (d. 1723)

1732 – Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German composer (d. 1791)

1834 – Elizabeth Jane Caulfield, Countess of Charlemont (d. 1882)

1845 - Luis Jiménez Aranda, Spanish Impressionist painter (d. 1928)

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1847 - Wilhelm Velten, German painter (d. 1929)

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1850 - Johann Hamza, Austrian genre and portrait painter (d. 1927)

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1859 – Henry Ossawa Tanner, American painter (d. 1937)

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1882 – Rockwell Kent, American painter, printmaker and illustrator (d. 1971)

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1883 – Daisy Turner, American storyteller, centarian, and daughter of ex-slaves (d. 1988)

1903 – Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (d. 2003)

1905 – Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer (d. 1980)

1906 – Helene Costello, American actress (d. 1957)

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

1921 – Jane Russell, American actress (d. 2011)

1925 – Maureen Stapleton, American actress (d. 2006)

1932 – Lalo Schifrin, Argentine composer, pianist, and composer

1932 – O. C. Smith, American singer (d. 2001)

1944 – Ray Davies, English singer-songwriter and musician (The Kinks)

1947 – Joey Molland, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Badfinger and Natural Gas)

1951 – Nils Lofgren, American singer-songwriter and musician (E Street Band and Crazy Horse)

1953 – Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani politician (d. 2007)

1959 – Marcella Detroit, American singer-songwriter and musician (Shakespeare's Sister)

1959 – Kathy Mattea, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1973 – Juliette Lewis, American actress and singer

1976 – Mike Einziger, American guitarist and songwriter (Incubus and Time Lapse Consortium)

1981 – Brandon Flowers, American singer-songwriter and musician (The Killers)

1986 – Lana Del Rey, American singer-songwriter and model

Died on This Day

1521 – Leonardo Loredan, Italian noble, 76th Doge of Venice (b. 1436)

1527 – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian and author (b. 1469)

1547 – Sebastiano del Piombo, Italian painter (b. 1485)

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1652 – Inigo Jones, English architect, designed the Queen's House and Wilton House (b. 1573)

1661 – Andrea Sacchi, Italian painter (b. 1599)

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1812  - Johann Friedrich August Tischbein, German painter (b. 1750)

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1900 - Francesco Beda, Italian artist (b. 1840)

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1908 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (b. 1844)

1920 - Gaetano Previati, Italian artist (b. 1852)

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1940 – Smedley Butler, American general (b. 1881)

1940 - Jean Édouard Vuillard, French painter (b. 1868)

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1949 - Edward Alexander Wadsworth, English painter (b. 1889)

1970 – Sukarno, Indonesian politician, 1st President of Indonesia (b. 1901)

1975 - Émile Grau-Sala, French painter (b. 1911)

1985 - Werner Drewes, German-born US abstract painter  (b. 1899)

1997 – Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labor leader (b. 1900)

2001 – John Lee Hooker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1916)

2001 – Carroll O'Connor, American actor (b. 1924)

2003 - Moshe Kupferman, Israeli abstract painter (b. 1926)

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