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On This Day

In 1571, the Philippine capital of Manila was founded.

In 1901, the first major exhibition of Pablo Picasso's artwork opened at a Parisian gallery.

In 1916, silent film star Mary Pickford signed a million dollar contract. She was the first female star to receive that kind of compensation.

In 1957, in the case of Roth v. United States, the Supreme Court both redefined obscenity and ruled that it was not protected as free speech under the Constitution.

In 2004, New York declared capital punishment to be unconstitutional.

In 2009, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford emerged from his journey along the Appalachian Trail and admitted he had been visiting a mistress in Argentina.

Born on This Day

1616 - Ferdinand Bol, Dutch Baroque era painter and etcher (d. 1680)

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1663 – Jean Baptiste Massillon, French bishop (d. 1742)

1695 - Martin van Meytens, Swedish-Austrian painter (d. 1770)

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1704 – Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French writer (d. 1771)

1744 - Wybrand Hendriks, Dutch painter (d. 1831)

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1767 – Jean-Baptiste Benoît Eyriès, French geographer, author and translator (d. 1846)

1811 – John Archibald Campbell, American jurist (d. 1889)

1813 – Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and reformer (d. 1887)

1838 - Jan Matejko, Polish painter (d. 1893)

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1842 – Ambrose Bierce, American author (d. 1914)

1847 - Joseph Noël Sylvestre, French painter (d. 1926)

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1866 - Giovanni Bartolena, Italian painter (d. 1942)

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1873 - Hugo Simberg, painter (d. 1917)

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1883 - Jean Metzinger, French Cubist painter, critic, and poet (d. 1956)

1895 – Jack Dempsey, American boxer (d. 1983)

1901 – Marcel Mule, French saxophonist (d. 2001)

1925 - Antonio Prats Ventos, Dominican painter and sculptor

1930 – Claude Chabrol, French director (d. 2010)

1932 - David McTaggart, co-founder of Greenpeace

1938 – Lawrence Block, American writer

1942 – Arthur Brown, English singer (Kingdom Come and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)

1944 – Jeff Beck, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group, The Honeydrippers, and Beck, Bogert & Appice)

1944 – John "Charlie" Whitney, English musician (Family, Axis Point, Streetwalkers)

1944 – Chris Wood, English saxophonist and flautist (Traffic and Ginger Baker's Air Force) (d. 1983)

1945 – Colin Blunstone, English singer-songwriter (The Zombies and Keats)

1946 – Robert Reich, American economist

1947 – Mick Fleetwood, English drummer and actor (Fleetwood Mac)

1948 – Patrick Moraz, Swiss pianist and songwriter (Yes, The Moody Blues, and Refugee)

1949 – John Illsley, English singer-songwriter, bassist, and producer (Dire Straits)

1957 – Astro, English rapper and musician (UB40)

1961 – Dennis Danell, American singer and guitarist (Social Distortion) (d. 2000)

1961 – Iain Glen, Scottish actor (see Tipple Jar)

1961 – Curt Smith, English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Tears for Fears and Graduate)

1966 – Adrienne Shelly, American actress and director (d. 2006)

Died on This Day

1314 – Robert de Clifford, 1st Baron de Clifford, English soldier, Lord Warden of the Marches (b. 1274)

1398 – Hongwu Emperor of China, founder of the Ming Dynasty (b. 1328)

1604 – Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, English peer and courtier (b. 1550)

1693 - Isaac Willaerts, Dutch painter (b. 1620)

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1908 – Grover Cleveland, American politician, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (b. 1837)

1957 - Frantisek Kupka, Czech painter (b. 1871)

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1960 - Rafael Zabaleta, Spanish painter (b. 1907)

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1976 – Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (b. 1883)

1987 – Jackie Gleason, American actor and singer (b. 1916)

1991 - Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter (b. 1899)

1997 – Brian Keith, American actor (b. 1921)

2006 – Patsy Ramsey, American mother of JonBenét Ramsey (b. 1956)

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