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On This Day

In 1636, the elitist higher learning establishment known as Harvard University was established by the Massachusetts Legislature.

In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by then-President Grover Cleveland.

In 1919, Congress overrode President Wilson's veto of the Volstead Act, making Prohibition effective beginning in January of the next year.

In 1922, Italy's government was taken over by fascists led by Benito Mussolini.

In 2005, Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff, was indicted in the Valerie Plame case.

Born on This Day

1603 - Simon de Vos, Flemish painter (d. 1676)

1697 – Canaletto, Italian painter (d. 1768)

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1790 - Bartholomeus van Hove, Dutch painter (d. 1880)

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1813 - Johann Georg Meyer, German genre painter (d. 1886)

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1823 - William Simpson, Scottish war painter (d. 1899)

1836 - Homer Dodge Martin, U.S. landscape painter (d. 1897)

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1846 – Georges Auguste Escoffier, French celebrity chef (d. 1935)

1846 - Albert Dubois-Pillet, French Neo-Impressionist painter and army officer (d. 1890)

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1854 - L. Birge Harrison, U.S. landscape painter (d. 1929)

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1897 – Edith Head, American costume designer (d. 1981)

1902 – Elsa Lanchester, English-American actress (d. 1986)

1903 – Evelyn Waugh, English author and journalist (d. 1966)

1909 – Francis Bacon, Irish painter (d. 1992)

1914 – Jonas Salk, American biologist and physician (d. 1995)

1929 – Joan Plowright, English actress

1932 – Suzy Parker, American actress (d. 2003) (see Tipple Jar)

1938 – Anne Perry, English author

1939 – Jane Alexander, American actress

1941 – Curtis Lee, American doo-wop singer-songwriter

1941 – Hank Marvin, English guitarist (The Shadows)

1945 – Elton Dean, English saxophonist (Soft Machine) (d. 2006)

1945 – Wayne Fontana, English singer (The Mindbenders)

1951 – Joe R. Lansdale, American author and martial arts expert

1955 – Bill Gates, American businessman, co-founded Microsoft

1956 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian politician, 6th President of Iran

1957 – Stephen Morris, English drummer (Joy Division, New Order, and The Other Two)

1958 – William Reid, Scottish guitarist (The Jesus and Mary Chain)

1967 – Julia Roberts, American actress

1968 – Caitlin Cary, American singer and violinist (Whiskeytown)

1969 – Ben Harper, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Relentless7 and Fistful of Mercy)

1974 – Joaquin Phoenix, American actor

1982 – Matt Smith, English actor

Died on This Day

1531 - Fra Lorenzo, or Bernardino Parenzano, Italian monk, prophet and painter (b. ca. 1437)

1577 - Michele Tosini, Italian mannerist painter (b. 1503)

1646 – William Dobson, English painter (b. 1610)

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1704 – John Locke, English philosopher (b. 1632)

1818 – Abigail Adams, American wife of John Adams, 2nd First Lady of the United States (b. 1744)

1925 - George W. Joy, Irish painter (b. 1844)

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1829 - Johann Peter Krafft, Austrian painter (b. 1780)

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1939 – Alice Brady, American actress (b. 1892)

1969 – Constance Dowling, American actress (b. 1920)

1970 – Baby Huey, American singer (Baby Huey & the Babysitters) (b. 1944)

1987 – André Masson, French painter (b. 1896)

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1998 – Ted Hughes, English poet (b. 1930)

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