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On This Day

In 1858 - Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution.

In 1866, the Civil War was officially declared over by then-President Andrew Johnson. Nobody bothered to tell some Southerners...

In 1938, Lou Gehrig's 23rd grand slam was hit, and remains the record to this day.

In 1964, LBJ signed The Economic Opportunity Act.

In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 2 space probe.

In 1998, the U.S. retaliated against Al-Qaeda embassy attacks by launching a cruise missile offensive against them.

Born on This Day

1630 - Maria van Oosterwyck, Dutch effing flower painter (d. 1693)

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1807 - Narcisse Virgile Diaz, French Barbizon School painter (d. 1876)

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1833 – Benjamin Harrison, American politician, 23rd President of the United States (d. 1901)

1836 - Albert Kappis, German Impressionist painter (d. 1914)

1842 - Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter (d. 1935)

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1860 – Raymond Poincaré, French politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1934)

1873 – Eliel Saarinen, Finnish architect, co-designed the National Museum of Finland (d. 1950)

1881 – Edgar Guest, English poet (d. 1959)

1890 – H. P. Lovecraft, American writer (d. 1937)

1900 - Faire Binney, American actress (d. 1957)

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1905 – Jack Teagarden, American singer, trombonist, and composer (d. 1964)

1910 – Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect, designed the Gateway Arch (d. 1961)

1911 - Michèle Alfa, French actress (d. 1987)

1918 – Jacqueline Susann, American novelist (d. 1974)

1931 – Don King, American boxing promoter

1934 - Rossana Podestà, Italian actress

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1935 – Ron Paul, American right wing politician

1936 - Alice and Ellen Kessler, the Kessler Twins, German entertainers

1941 – Dave Brock, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hawkwind)

1942 – Isaac Hayes, American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (d. 2008)

1946 – Connie Chung, American journalist

1947 – Alan Lee, English illustrator and designer

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1948 – Robert Plant, English singer-songwriter (Led Zeppelin)

1949 – Phil Lynott, Irish singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Thin Lizzy)

1951 – Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian politician, 5th President of Egypt

1952 – Doug Fieger, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Knack and Sky) (d. 2010)

1952 – John Hiatt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1962 - James Marsters, American actor ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel")

1965 – KRS-One, American rapper, producer, and actor

1966 – Dimebag Darrell, American guitarist and songwriter (Pantera)

1970 – Fred Durst, American singer-songwriter and director (Limp Bizkit)

1992 – Demi Lovato, American singer-songwriter and actress

Died on This Day

984 – Pope John XIV

1632 - Valentin de Boulogne, French painter (b. 1591)

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1643 – Anne Hutchinson, English spiritual adviser (b. 1591)

1783 - Frans van der Mijn, Flemish portrait painter (b. 1719)

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1823 – Pope Pius VII (b. 1740)

1841 - Constantinus-Fidelio Coene, Flemish painter (b. 1780) See Tipple Jar

1910 - Otto Piltz, German genre painter (b. 1846)

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1914 – Pope Pius X (b. 1835)

1914 - Amélie Helga Lundahl, Finnish painter (b. 1850)

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1915 – Paul Ehrlich, German scientist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1854)

1974 - Ilona Massey, Hungarian-born actress (b. 1910)

2001 – Kim Stanley, American actress (b. 1925)

2007 – Leona Helmsley, American businesswoman (b. 1920)

2012 – Phyllis Diller, American actress (b. 1917)

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