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On This Day

In 1881, Chester A. Arthur took the oath of office as President following the death of James Garfield.

In 1962, African American student James Meredith was barred from entering the University of Mississippi.

In 1973, female tennis champ Billie Jean King clobbered sexist pig Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" match at the Houston Astrodome.

In 1982, NFL players went out on strike.

In 1984, the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon was struck by a suicide bomber, killing 22. (But….BENGHAZI!!!)

In 2001, George W. Bush declared the War on Terror.

In 2011, the U.S. finally ended "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Born on This Day

1486 – Arthur, Prince of Wales (d. 1502)

1758 – Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Haitian emperor (d. 1806)

1807 - Friedrich Gauermann, Austrian painter (d. 1862)

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1819 - Théodore Chassériau, French painter (d. 1856)

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1831 – Kate Harrington, American teacher and poet (d. 1917)

1878 – Upton Sinclair, American journalist and author (d. 1968)

1885 – Jelly Roll Morton, American pianist, bandleader and composer (d. 1941)

1894 - Claire Mersereau, silent film actress (d. 1982)

1902 – Stevie Smith, English author and poet (d. 1971)

1914 – Kenneth More, English actor (d. 1982)

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1917 – Clarice Taylor, American actress (d. 2011)

1920 – Jay Ward, American cartoonist (d. 1989)

1921 – Chico Hamilton, American drummer and bandleader

1922 – William Kapell, American pianist (d. 1953)

1924 – Gogi Grant, American singer

1925 – Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Coasters and The Robins) (d. 1986)

1927 – Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress (d. 1980)

1929 – Anne Meara, American actress

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1930 – Eddie Bo, American singer and pianist (d. 2009)

1934 – Sophia Loren, Italian actress. See Tipple Jar

1937 - Monica Zetterlund, Swedish singer and actress (d. 2005)

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1941 – Dale Chihuly, American sculptor

1947 – Billy Bang, American singer and composer (d. 2011)

1948 – George R. R. Martin, American screenwriter and author

1956 – Gary Cole, American actor

1957 – Alannah Currie, New Zealand singer-songwriter (Thompson Twins)

1960 – Dave Hemingway, English singer-songwriter (The Beautiful South and The Housemartins)

1964 – Randy Bradbury, American bass player (Pennywise and One Hit Wonder)

1964 – Maggie Cheung, Hong Kong actress

1966 – Nuno Bettencourt, Portuguese singer-songwriter and guitarist (Extreme, Satellite Party, DramaGods, and Mourning Widows)

1968 – Van Jones, American attorney and activist

1968 – Ben Shepherd, American singer-songwriter and bass player (Soundgarden, Hater, and Wellwater Conspiracy)

1975 – Asia Argento, Italian actress

Died on This Day

1643 – Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland, English politician and author (b. 1610)

1721 – Thomas Doggett, Irish actor (b. 1640)

1724 - David von Krafft, Swedish painter (b. 1655)

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1793 – Fletcher Christian, English navy officer (b. 1764)

1810 - Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk, Dutch painter (b. 1782)

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1932 – Wovoka, Native American religious leader, founded the Ghost Dance Movement (b. 1856)

1932 - Max Slevogt, German painter (b. 1868)

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1933 – Annie Besant, English activist (b. 1847)

1960 - Ida Rubinstein, Russian ballerina (b. 1885)

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1962 - Robert Colquhoun, Scottish painter (b. 1914)

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1973 – Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter (b. 1943)

1973 - Marion Fairbanks, silent film actress (b. 1900)

1984 – Steve Goodman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1948)

1985 – Helen Clark MacInnes, Scottish-American author (b. 1907)

1993 - Zita Johann, American actress (b. 1904)

1999 – Raisa Gorbachova, Russian wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1932)

2005 – Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian holocaust survivor and nazi hunter (b. 1908)

Today is

National Rum Punch Day
National Punch Day (the kiddies version of the above?)
National POW/MIA Recognition Day
National Tradesmen Day

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