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On This Day

In 1066, William the Conqueror conquered. England, that is. He defeated Harold II in the Battle of Hastings, ending once and for all the rule of any Harolds, since Harold really is not a good name for a king.

In 1656, Massachusetts Bay Colony outlawed Quakers.

In 1884, George Eastman patented photographic film (at the time an image-bearing coating on a paper back).

In 1908, the Chicago Cubs won their very last World Series.

In 1912, while campaigning in Milwaukee for a new Presidential term on the Progressive Party ticket, Theodore Roosevelt was shot by a disturbed individual named John Schrank (the voices in his head were apparently impersonating the late President McKinley). He made his speech with the bullet still embedded in his side.

In 1979, the first gay rights march on Washington DC occurred.

In 1982, Reagan declared war on drugs.

In 2012, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from a helium balloon up in the stratosphere. The fall lasted approximately 10 minutes, and he deployed his parachute at 4 minutes and 19 seconds. He landed safely in New Mexico.

Born on This Day

1593 - Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen, Dutch artist (d. 1661)

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1644 – William Penn, English businessman, founder of Pennsylvania (d. 1718)

1808 - Simon Saint-Jean, French flower painter (d. 1860)

1814 - Théodore Fourmois, Belgian painter (d. 1871)

1824 - Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli, French painter (d. 1886)

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1890 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, American general and politician, 34th President of the United States (d. 1969)

1893 – Lillian Gish, American actress (d. 1993)

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1906 – Hassan al-Banna, Egyptian religious leader, founded the Muslim Brotherhood (d. 1949)

1906 - Benita Hume, British actress (d. 1967)

1907 – Allan Jones, American actor and singer (d. 1992)

1916 – C. Everett Koop, American surgeon and public health administrator, 13th United States Surgeon General (d. 2013)

1926 – Bill Justis, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1982)

1927 – Roger Moore, English actor (See Tipple Jar)

1938 – John Dean, American lawyer and author, 13th White House Counsel

1939 – Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer, founded the Ralph Lauren Corporation

1940 – Cliff Richard, English singer and actor

1946 – Justin Hayward, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Moody Blues)

1946 – Dan McCafferty, Scottish singer-songwriter (Nazareth)

1948 – Marcia Barrett, Jamaican-English singer (Boney M)

1952 – Harry Anderson, American actor

1958 – Thomas Dolby, English singer-songwriter and producer

1961 – Isaac Mizrahi American fashion designer

1963 – Lori Petty, American actress

1974 – Natalie Maines, American singer-songwriter (Dixie Chicks)

1978 – Usher, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

Died on This Day

1831 – Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (b. 1761)

1844 - Jean Baptiste de Jonghe, Flemish landscape painter (b. 1785)

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1857 - Johan Christian Dahl, Norwegian Romantic painter and collector (b. 1788)

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1900 - Albrecht de Vriendt, Flemish historical painter (b. 1843)

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1911 – John Marshall Harlan, American lawyer and politician (b. 1833)

1917 - Nathaniel Hone the Younger, Irish painter (b. 1831)

1944 – Erwin Rommel, German field marshal (b. 1891)

1959 – Errol Flynn, Australian actor (b. 1909)

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1960 - Henny Porten, German actress and producer (b. 1890)

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1973 – Ahmed Hamdi, Egyptian engineer and general (b. 1929)

1976 – Edith Evans, English actress (b. 1888)

1977 – Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (The Rhythm Boys) (b. 1903)

1986 – Keenan Wynn, American actor (b. 1916)

1990 – Leonard Bernstein, American composer, conductor, and pianist (b. 1918)

1995 - Bernard Safran, U.S.-Canadian Contemporary Realist painter (b. 1924)

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1996 - Laura La Plante, American actress (b. 1904)

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1998 – Cleveland Amory, American author and animal rights activist (b. 1917)

2006 – Freddy Fender, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Texas Tornados and Los Super Seven) (b. 1937)

2010 – Simon MacCorkindale, English actor, director, and producer (b. 1952)

2010 – Benoît Mandelbrot, Polish-American mathematician (b. 1924)

2012 – Arlen Specter, American conservative politician (b. 1930)

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