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In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire began. It was not caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow - that was made up by a reporter from the (no surprise here) Chicago Republican. On the same day, massive fires also began in Wisconsin and in Michigan.

In 1918, in WW1 France, American Corporal Alvin York killed 28 German soldiers (in spite of unsuccessfully having tried to get out of the war in the first place as a conscientious objector due to his religion) and captured another 132.

In 1956, N.Y. Yankee Don Larsen pitched a no-hitter in Game 5 of that year's World Series, against the Brooklyn Dodgers. This is to date the only no-hitter ever in a World Series.

In 1974, the Franklin Bank, funders of the Republican party, collapsed due to egregious financial mismanagement and fraud.

In 1982, Poland banned all trade unions.

In 1982, the musical Cats, based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, opened on Broadway. It ran for just under 18 years.

In 2001, the formation of the Department of Homeland Security was announced by George W. Bush. The word "Homeland" gave many Liberals the heebie-jeebies.

Born on This Day

1696 (or 1697) - Cornelis Troost, Dutch painter (d. 1750)

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1720 – Jonathan Mayhew, American minister (d. 1766) whose church was in all but name the first Unitarian Congregational Church.

1776 - Pieter Gerardus van Os, Dutch painter (d. 1839)

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1807 – Harriet Taylor Mill, English philosopher, women's rights advocate, and wife of John Stuart Mill (d. 1858)

1839 - Henry Bacon, U.S. painter (d. 1912)

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1842 - Emile-Auguste Pinchart, French painter (d. 1924)

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1847 – Rose Scott, Australian women's rights activist (d. 1925)

1864 – Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter (d. 1955)

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

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1877 – Hans Heysen, German-Austrian painter (d. 1968)

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1878 - Alfred James Munnings, English painter (d. 1959)

1883 – Dick Burnett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1977) who is said to have been the composer of the classic, "Man of Constant Sorrow."

1890 – Eddie Rickenbacker, American pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1973)

1895 – Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and politician, 29th President of Argentina (d. 1974)

1910 – Paulette Dubost, French actress (d. 2011)

1920 – Frank Herbert, American author (Dune) (d. 1986)

1939 – Paul Hogan, Australian actor

1939 – Harvey Pekar, American author (d. 2010)

1940 – Fred Cash, American singer (The Impressions)

1941 – Jesse Jackson, American minister and activist

1943 – Chevy Chase, American comedian and actor

1948 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist and songwriter (The Ramones) (d. 2004) (he was the Republican Ramone)

1950 – Robert Bell, American singer-songwriter and bass player (Kool & the Gang)

1960 – Reed Hastings, American businessman, co-founder of Netflix

1961 – Steven Bernstein, American trumpet player (Sex Mob, The Lounge Lizards, and Spanish Fly)

1970 – Matt Damon, American actor, screenwriter, and producer

1972 – Terry Balsamo, American guitarist (Cold and Evanescence)

1973 – Jim Fairchild, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Grandaddy and Modest Mouse)

Died on This Day

1455 - Pisanello, Italian painter (b. 1395)

1469 - Filippo Lippi, Florentine painter (b. 1406)

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1754 – Henry Fielding, English author (b. 1707)

1793 – John Hancock, American politician, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence (b. 1737)

1826 - Marie-Guillemine Benoist, French historical and genre painter (b. 1768)

1826 - George Garrard, English painter (b. 1760)

1856 - Théodore Chassériau, painter (b. ?)

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1869 – Franklin Pierce, American politician, 14th President of the United States (b. 1804)

1924 - Louise Rayner, British artist (b. 1832)

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1929 - Jacek Malczewski, Polish painter (b. 1854)

1943 - Gustave De Smet, Dutch painter (b. 1877)

1944 – Wendell Willkie, American lawyer and politician (b. 1892)

1953 – Nigel Bruce, British actor (b. 1895)

1963 - Grace Darmond, Canadian silent film actress (b. 1893)

1982 – Fernando Lamas, Argentine actor (b. 1915) See Tipple Jar

1983 – Joan Hackett, American actress (b. 1934)

1990 – B.J. Wilson, English drummer (Procol Harum) (b. 1947)

2002 – Phyllis Calvert, English actress (b. 1915)

2008 – Eileen Herlie, Scottish-American actress (b. 1918)

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