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On This Day

In 1870, Georgia was readmitted to the Union, the last Confederate state to be allowed back into the fold.

In 1916, the company later to be known as Boeing was incorporated.

In 1964, at the Republican Convention in (godless) San Francisco, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater accepted the presidential nomination for his party.

In 1992, at the Democratic Convention in (equally godless) New York City, Bill Clinton accepted the presidential nomination for his party.

In 1996, the godless cable news network MSNBC made its debut.

In 1997, Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was gunned down outside his Miami home. (I worked in the fashion biz back then, and remember that day well).

In 2010, BP finally mostly stopped the flow of oil seeping into the Gulf of Mexico after they lowered a massive 65 ton cap into place. (Shout-out to all Gulf Watchers! Good job.)

Born on This Day

1490 - Francesco Maria Rondani, Italian painter (d. 1548)

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1573 – Inigo Jones, English architect (the Queen's House) (d. 1652)

1600 - Jan Cossiers, Flemish painter and draftsman (d. 1671)

1606 – Rembrandt, Dutch painter (d. 1669)

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1718 - Alexander Roslin, Swedish French painter (d. 1793)

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1737 – Princess Louise of France (d. 1787)

1812 - Benno Adam, German animal painter (d. 1892)

1854 - Jacek Malczewski, Polish painter (d. 1929)

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1858 – Emmeline Pankhurst, British political activist and suffragette (d. 1928)

1864 – Marie Tempest, English actress and singer (d. 1942)

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1868 - Bert Greer Phillips, U.S. painter (d. 1956)

1873 - Hendrik Jan Wolter, Dutch painter (d. 1952)

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1875 - Rudolf Levy, German Jewish painter (d. 1944 at Auschwitz)

1893 – Enid Bennett, Australian actress (d. 1969)

1898 - Mead Schaeffer, U.S. painter and illustrator (d. 1980)

1919 – Iris Murdoch, British writer and philosopher (d. 1999) (who was memorably portrayed by Kate Winslet in the film _Iris).)

1935 – Alex Karras, American football player, wrestler, and actor (d. 2012)

1935 – Ken Kercheval, American actor

1938 – Barry Goldwater, Jr., American politician

1942 – Vivian Malone Jones, civil rights activist (d. 2005) (she was one of the students George Wallace tried to prevent from enrolling at University of Alabama)

1944 – Millie Jackson, American singer-songwriter and comedian

1944 – Jan-Michael Vincent, American actor

1945 - Peter Lewis, Los Angeles California, rock guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape)

1946 – Linda Ronstadt, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Stone Poneys)

1947 – Peter Banks, English guitarist and songwriter (Yes) (d. 2013)

1948 – Artimus Pyle, American drummer and songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

1949 – Trevor Horn, British pop music singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (The Buggles, Art of Noise, and Producers)

1950 – Arianna Huffington, Greek-American author and columnist, founded The Huffington Post

1951 – Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1951 – Jesse Ventura, American wrestler, actor, and politician, 38th Governor of Minnesota

1952 – Terry O'Quinn, American actor (Millennium, Lost)

1952 – Johnny Thunders, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers) (d. 1991)

1953 – Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haitian priest and politician and 49th and 53rd President of Haiti

1956 – Ian Curtis, English singer-songwriter (Joy Division) (d. 1980)

1956 – Marky Ramone, American drummer and songwriter (Ramones, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and Misfits)

1961 – Lolita Davidovich, Canadian actress

1961 – Forest Whitaker, American actor

1966 – Irène Jacob, French-Swiss actress

1970 – Chi Cheng, American bass player (Deftones) (d. 2013)

1973 – John Dolmayan, Lebanese-American drummer and songwriter (System of a Down and Scars on Broadway)

1973 – Brian Austin Green, American actor

1977 – Ray Toro, American guitarist (My Chemical Romance)

Died on This Day

1521 – Juan Ponce de León, Spanish explorer, 1st Governor of Puerto Rico (b. 1458)

1609 – Annibale Carracci, Italian painter (b. 1560)

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1685 – James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth (b. 1649)

1765 – Charles-André van Loo, French painter (b. 1705)

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1821 - John Lewis Krimmel, German-American painter (b. 1786)

1853 - Wilhelm von Kobell, German painter (b. 1766)

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1861 - Joanna Mary Boyce, aka Mrs. H. T. Wells, English painter  (b. 1831)

1871 – Tad Lincoln, American son of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1858)

1875 - Jean Charles Joseph Rémond, French painter (b. 1795)

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1916 - Georges Lemmen, Belgian neoimpressionist painter (d. 1865) who it turns out actually died on 7/5 but since I missed that I will put him here this year.

1930 – Rudolph Schildkraut, Istanbul-American actor (b. 1862)

1948 – John J. Pershing, American general (b. 1860)

1958 – Julia Lennon, English mother of John Lennon (b. 1914)

1960 – Lawrence Tibbett, American singer and actor (b. 1896)

1990 – Margaret Lockwood, British actress (b. 1916)

1991 – Bert Convy, American actor (b. 1933)

2011 – Googie Withers, British actress (b. 1917)

2012 – Celeste Holm, American actress (b. 1917)

Today is

National Tapioca Pudding Day
Respect Canada Day
Cow Appreciation Day
Gummi Worm Day
National Pet Fire Safety Day
National Get Out of the Doghouse Day
St. Swithin's Day
Global Hug Your Kid Day
Be a Dork Day

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