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On This Day

In 1666, the Great Fire of London was finally extinguished.

In 1698, Tsar Peter I of Russia, a hater of hairy chins, imposed a tax on beards (exempting peasantry and monks) in order to make his countrymen a little more stylish.

In 1836, the Republic of Texas elected Sam Houston as their first President.

In 1882, the first Labor Day Parade was held in NYC.

In 1939, the U.S. declared itself to be neutral in regards to WW2.

In 1960, boxer Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) won the gold medal in the Light Heavyweight boxing competition.

In 1969, Lt. William Calley was charged with murder in the My Lai Massacre.

In 1975, Manson acolyte Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford.

In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Born on This Day

1592 - Jacopo Vignali, Italian painter (d. 1664)

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1638 – Louis XIV of France (d. 1715)

1704 - Maurice Quentin de la Tour, French painter (d. 1788)

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1722 – Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony (d. 1763)

1774 – Caspar David Friedrich, German painter (d. 1840)

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1809 – Manuel Montt, Chilean politician and scholar, 6th President of Chile (d. 1880)

1834 - Vicente Palmaroli González, Spanish painter (d. 1896)

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1846 – Jack Daniel, American businessman, founded Jack Daniel's (d. 1911)

1885 - Arline Pretty, American actress (d. 1978)

1887 - Irene Fenwick, American actress (d. 1936)

1897 - Doris Kenyon, American silent film actress (d. 1979)

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1897 - Luella Gear, American stage actress (1980)

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1901 – Florence Eldridge, American actress (d. 1988)

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1902 – Darryl F. Zanuck, American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1979)

1907 – Sunnyland Slim, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1995)

1908 – Gloria Holden, English actress (d. 1991)

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1912 – John Cage, American composer (d. 1992)

1912 – Kristina Söderbaum, German actress and photographer (d. 2001)

1913 - Kathleen Burke, American actress (d. 1980)

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1918 – Jean-Marie Poitras, Canadian politician (d. 2009)

1918 – Buddy Williams, Australian country singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1986)

1929 – Bob Newhart, American actor and comedian

1932 - Carol Lawrence, American actress

1939 – George Lazenby, Australian actor See Tipple Jar

1939 – John Stewart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Kingston Trio) (d. 2008)

1940 – Raquel Welch, American actress

1942 - Evaristo Guerra Zamora, Spanish painter

1945 – Al Stewart, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1946 – Freddie Mercury, Tanzanian-English singer-songwriter and producer (Queen) (d. 1991)

1946 – Loudon Wainwright III, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1947 – Buddy Miles, American singer-songwriter and drummer (The Electric Flag and The California Raisins) (d. 2008)

1949 – Clem Clempson, English guitarist and composer (Humble Pie and Colosseum)

1966 – Terry Ellis, American singer (En Vogue)

1968 – Brad Wilk, American singer-songwriter and drummer (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine)

1969 – Dweezil Zappa, American singer, guitarist, and actor

1973 – Rose McGowan, Italian-American actress and singer

1976 – Carice van Houten, Dutch actress (Melisandre in Game of Thrones)

Died on This Day

1548 – Catherine Parr, English 6th wife of Henry VIII of England (b. 1512)

1734 – Nicolas Bernier, French composer (b. 1664)

1767 - Thomas Smith of Derby, English landscape painter (b. unknown)

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1877 – Crazy Horse, Native American war leader (b. 1849)

1920 – Robert Harron, American actor (b. 1893)

1922 – Georgette Agutte, French painter (b. 1867)

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1932 – Paul Bern, German-American director (b. 1889)

1988 – Gert Fröbe, German actor (b. 1913)

1992 – Fritz Leiber, American author (b. 1910)

1993 – Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (b. 1914)

1997 – Mother Teresa, Albanian-Indian missionary, and humanitarian, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)

1999 – Allen Funt, American director, writer, and producer (b. 1914)

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