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On This Day

In 1796, the City of Cleveland, Ohio was founded.

In 1894, what is considered the first car race took place between Paris and Rouen, with the winner achieving speeds as high as 12 mph!

In 1916, a large suitcase bomb went off during a Preparedness Day Parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40. The parade was held in anticipation of the US eventually entering WWI. Two labor leaders were eventually convicted (Labor was against entering the war), but the evidence was unclear. Their sentences were eventually commuted, and they were later pardoned.

In 1934, famed criminal John Dillinger was shot to death outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago after having watched Manhattan Melodrama, starring Myrna Loy.

In 1937, the Senate flatly rejected FDR's attempt to add more Supreme Court Justices to the court.

In 1942, wartime gas rationing began in the United States.

In 2011, a pair of horrendous terror attacks took place in Norway (the worst being the massacre of an entire youth camp on a little island called Utøya. The perpetrator turned out to be a right wing nutjob, of course (which had Fox News in major denial).

Born on This Day

1621 – Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician (d. 1683)

1803 – Eugène Isabey, French painter and printmaker (d. 1886)

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1823 – Godfried Guffens, Belgian painter (d. 1901)

1844 – William Archibald Spooner, English priest and scholar (d. 1930), known for his spoonerisms.

1849 – Emma Lazarus, American poet (d. 1887)

1856 – Asai Chū, Japanese painter (d. 1907)

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1860 – Paul Gustave Fischer, Danish painter (d. 1934)

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1876 – Walter Ufer, U.S. painter (d. 1936)

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1882 – Edward Hopper, American painter (d. 1967)

1889 – James Whale, English director (d. 1957) (Frankenstein)

1890 – Rose Kennedy, American philanthropist, wife of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (d. 1995)

1898 – Alexander Calder, American sculptor (d. 1976)

1908 – Amy Vanderbilt, American author (d. 1974)

1920 – Francisco Domingo Marqués, Spanish painter (b. 1842)

1923 – Bob Dole, American attorney and former Republican Presidential candidate

1928 – Keter Betts, American bassist (d. 2005)

1932 – Oscar de la Renta, Dominican fashion designer

1936 – Tom Robbins, American novelist

1940 – Alex Trebek, Canadian-American game show host

1941 – Estelle Bennett, American singer (The Ronettes) (d. 2009)

1941 – George Clinton, American singer-songwriter and producer (Parliament and Funkadelic)

1943 – Kay Bailey Hutchison, American Republican ex-Senator from Texas

1943 – Bobby Sherman, American singer-songwriter and actor and lunchbox decoration

1944 – Rick Davies, English singer-songwriter and keyboardist (Supertramp)

1946 – Danny Glover, American actor

1947 – Albert Brooks, American comedian, actor, and director

1947 – Don Henley, American singer-songwriter and drummer (The Eagles)

1948 – S. E. Hinton, American author

1949 – Alan Menken, American pianist and composer

1954 – Al Di Meola, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Return to Forever)

1954 – Lonette McKee, American actress

1955 – Willem Dafoe, American actor

1962 – Steve Albini, American writer, recording engineer and musician (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac)

1963 – Emily Saliers, American singer-songwriter and musician (Indigo Girls)

1964 – John Leguizamo, Colombian actor

1964 – David Spade, American actor and comedian

1973 – Rufus Wainwright, American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer

1992 – Selena Gomez, American actress and singer

Died on This Day

1497 – Francesco Botticini, Italian painter (b. ca 1446)

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1639 – Rutilio Manetti, Italian painter (b. 1571)

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1684 – Josefa de Óbidos, Portuguese born Spanish painter (b. 1630)

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1676 – Pope Clement X (b. 1590)

1696 – Hendrik van Minderhout, Dutch painter (b. 1632)

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1719 – Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole, Italian painter (b. 1654)

1826 – Giuseppe Piazzi, Italian astronomer (b. 1746)

1832 – Napoleon II, French emperor (b. 1811)

1853 – Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Danish painter (b. 1783)

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1869 – John A. Roebling, German-American engineer, designed the Brooklyn Bridge (b. 1806)

1903 – Cassius Marcellus Clay, American politician (b. 1810)

1904 – Wilson Barrett, English actor (b. 1846)

1914 – Charles Maurin, French painter and printmaker (b. 1856)

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1915 – Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer and inventor, developed Standard time (b. 1827)

1916 – James Whitcomb Riley, American poet (b. 1849)

1932 – Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., American actor and producer (b. 1867)

1967 – Carl Sandburg, American poet (b. 1878) (See Tipple Jar)

1990 – Manuel Puig, Argentinian writer (b. 1932)

1996 – Rob Collins, English keyboardist (The Charlatans) (b. 1956)

2005 – Eugene Record, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Chi-Lites) (b. 1940)

2008 – Estelle Getty, American actress (b. 1923)

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