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On This Day

In 1835, the city of Melbourne, Australia was founded.

In 1836, the city of Houston, Texas was founded.

In 1905, legendary baseball player Ty Cobb made his major league debut.

In 1956, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened to traffic.

In 1965, Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited was released.

In 1967, the Senate confirmed Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American (maybe the only one, considering Clarence Thomas) Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1984, the Space Shuttle Discovery took off for the first time.

In 1989, mean rich person Leona Helmsley was found guilty of income tax evasion. She insisted only "little people" pay taxes. When the Kochs are crowned Kings of the USA, I expect she will be canonized.

In 1993, CBS debuted The Late Show With David Letterman.

Born on This Day

1589 - Abraham Govaerts, Flemish painter (d. 1626)

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1657 - Philipp Peter Roos, German painter (d. 1706)

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1727 - Giovanni-Domenico Tiepolo, Italian painter (d. 1804)

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1734 - Gaetano Gandolfi, Italian painter (d. 1802)

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1748 – Jacques-Louis David, French painter (d. 1825)

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1812 – Agoston Haraszthy Hungarian-American traveler, writer, and winemaker, founded Buena Vista Winery (d. 1869)

1828 - Pierre Tetar van Elven, Dutch cityscape painter (d. 1908)

1852 - Julian Alden Weir, American painter (d. 1919)

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1855 - Evelyn De Morgan, English painter (d. 1919) See Tipple Jar

1860 – Isaac Levitan, Russian painter (d. 1900)

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1871 – Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand-English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937)

1880 - Nikolai Astrup, Norwegian painter (d. 1928)

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1884 – Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971)

1893 – Huey Long, American politician (d. 1935)

1896 – Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (d. 1983)

1898 – Shirley Booth, American actress (d. 1992)

1906 – Joan Blondell, American actress (d. 1979)

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1908 – Fred MacMurray, American actor (d. 1991)

1908 - Léonor Fini, Italian artist (d. 1996)

1918 – Ted Williams, American baseball player (d. 2002)

1919 – Kitty Wells, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)

1926 – Daryl Gates, racist Los Angeles police chief (d. 2010)

1929 – Guy de Lussigny, French painter (d. 2001)

1930 – Warren Buffett, American businessman and philanthropist

1935 – John Phillips, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Mamas & the Papas) (d. 2001)

1939 – Elizabeth Ashley, American actress

1939 – John Peel, English radio host and producer (d. 2004)

1943 – Robert Crumb, American illustrator and writer

1943 – Jean-Claude Killy, French skier

1944 – Molly Ivins, fabulous and much-missed Texan journalist (d. 2007)

1946 – Peggy Lipton, American actress

1951 – Timothy Bottoms, American actor

1953 – Horace Panter, English bass player (The Specials and General Public)

1958 – Martin Jackson, English drummer (Swing out Sister, Magazine, The Chameleons, The Freshies, and The Durutti Column)

1963 – Michael Chiklis, American actor

1971 – Lars Frederiksen, American guitarist and singer (Rancid and UK Subs)

1972 – Cameron Diaz, American model and actress

1973 – Lisa Ling, American journalist

1974 – Aaron Barrett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Reel Big Fish, The Scholars, and The Forces of Evil)

1982 – Andy Roddick, American tennis player

1986 – Ryan Ross, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Panic! at the Disco and The Young Veins)

Died on This Day

526 – Theodoric the Great, Italian ruler (b. 454)

1483 – Louis XI of France (b. 1423)

1907 – Richard Mansfield, American actor and manager (b. 1857)

1908 - Giovanni Fattori, Italian Realist painter (b. 1825)

1928 - Franz Stuck, German painter (b. 1863)

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1938 – Max Factor, Sr., Polish-American make-up artist and businessman, founded the Max Factor Company (b. 1877)

1961 – Charles Coburn, American actor (b. 1877)

1963 – Guy Burgess, English-Soviet spy (b. 1911)

1979 – Jean Seberg, American actress (b. 1938)

1981 – Vera-Ellen, American actress (b. 1921)

1985 – Taylor Caldwell, English-American novelist (b. 1900)

1991 – Jean Tinguely, Swiss painter and sculptor (b. 1925)

1995 – Sterling Morrison, American guitarist and singer (The Velvet Underground) (b. 1942)

2003 – Charles Bronson, American actor (b. 1921)

2006 – Glenn Ford, Canadian-American actor (b. 1916)

Today is

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