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On This Day

In 1290, King Edward I of England ordered all Jews banished from England).

In 1536, English parliament declared that the Pope no longer held any authority there.

In 1870, a bunch of mortal men (the First Vatican Council) decreed that a man (the Pope) was infallible. Too bad the Council wasn't infallible.

In 1925, Hitler's Mein Kampf was published.

In 1936, Generalisimo Francisco Franco (who is, thankfully, still dead) led an uprising that signaled the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

In 1969, Ted Kennedy was involved in a car accident where he drove off a bridge in Chappiquidick, which caused the death of his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne.

In 2011, (before his scandal) General David Petraeus turned over command of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan to General John Allen.

Born on This Day

1635 – Robert Hooke, English scientist (d. 1703)

1659 – Hyacinthe Rigaud, French painter (d. 1743)

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1741 - Johann-Jakob Dorner I, German painter (d. 1813)

1811 – William Makepeace Thackeray, English author (d. 1863)

1846 - Casto Plasencia, Spanish painter (d. 1890 )

1853 – Hendrik Lorentz, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1928)

1864 – Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden, English politician (d. 1937) It has not yet been determined if he is related to Edward.

1868 - Thorvald Erichsen, Norwegian painter (d. 1939)

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1887 – Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian soldier, politician, and traitor (d. 1945)

1895 – Machine Gun Kelly, American gangster (d. 1954)

1902 – Jessamyn West, American writer (d. 1984)

1906 – S. I. Hayakawa, American semanticist and politician (d. 1992)

1906 – Clifford Odets, American writer (d. 1963)

1908 – Lupe Vélez, Mexican actress (d. 1944)

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1908 – Mildred Lisette Norman, American activist (d. 1981)

1909 – Harriet Nelson, American singer and actress (d. 1994)

1911 – Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (d. 2003)

1913 – Red Skelton, American actor and comedian (d. 1997)

1918 – Nelson Mandela, South African politician, President of South Africa and Nobel Prize laureate

1921 – John Glenn, American astronaut and politician

1929 – Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (d. 2000)

1937 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (d. 2005)

1938 – Ian Stewart, Scottish pianist (The Rolling Stones and Rocket 88) (d. 1985)

1938 – Paul Verhoeven, Dutch director, screenwriter, and producer (Robocop)

1939 – Brian Auger, English keyboard player

1939 – Dion DiMucci, American singer-songwriter (Dion and the Belmonts)

1941 – Martha Reeves, American singer, actress, and politician (Martha and the Vandellas and The Fascinations)

1950 – Richard Branson, English businessman, founded Virgin Group

1950 – Mark Udall, American Senator (D-Colorado)

1955 – Terry Chambers, English drummer (XTC and Dragon)

1955 - Lorenzo Antognetti, Italian painter

1957 – Keith Levene, English musician, songwriter, and producer (Public Image Ltd, The Flowers of Romance)

1961 – Elizabeth McGovern, American actress (Downton Abbey)

1962 – Jack Irons, American singer and musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Died on This Day

1610 – Caravaggio, Italian artist (b. 1573)

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1638 - Odoardo Fialetti, Italian etcher and painter (b. 1573)

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1721 – Antoine Watteau, French painter (b. 1684)

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1760 - Philippe Mercier, French painter (b. 1689)

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1792 – John Paul Jones, American navy commander (b. 1747)

1817 – Jane Austen, English novelist (b. 1775)

1872 – Benito Juárez, Mexican lawyer and politician, President of Mexico (b. 1806)

1892 – Thomas Cook, English travel agent, founded the Thomas Cook Group (b. 1808)

1899 – Horatio Alger, Jr., American writer (b. 1832)

1927 - Vasily Polenov, Russian painter (b. 1844)

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1966 – Bobby Fuller, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1942)

1988 – Nico, German singer-songwriter, actress, and model (b. 1938)

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2001 – Mimi Fariña, American singer-songwriter and activist (b. 1945)

2004 – Émile Peynaud, French wine maker (b. 1912)

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