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On This Day

In 1929, Black Tuesday, the day that is considered to be the beginning of the Great Depression, occurred when the New York Stock Exchange crashed.

In 1960, a young fighter named Cassius Clay won his first professional fight. He later changed his name to Muhammed Ali.

In 1998, pioneering astronaut John Glenn went back into space one last time on Space Shuttle Discovery.

In 2008, Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines merged, becoming the world's largest airline with the world's worst service.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, wreaking havoc on coastal properties and infrastructure; causing $7 billion in damages and killing 148 (not to mention 138 killed indirectly).

Born on This Day

1504 – Shin Saimdang, Korean painter and poet (d. 1551)

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1652 - Jan Wyck, Dutch Baroque painter (d. 1700)

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1659 - Thomas van der Wilt, Dutch portrait painter (d. 1733)

1842 - Thomas Jacques Somerscales, British marine painter (d. 1927)

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1854 - Gaston la Touche, French painter and printmaker (d. 1913)

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1855 - Hugo Schnars-Alquist, German marine painter (d. 1939)

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1861 – Andrei Ryabushkin, Russian painter (d. 1904)

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1891 – Fanny Brice, American actress and singer (d. 1951)

1899 – Akim Tamiroff, Russian actor (d. 1972)

1907 – Edwige Feuillère, French actress (d. 1998)

1912 - Bruno Cassinari, Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1992)

1925 – Dominick Dunne, American author (d. 2009)

1925 – Zoot Sims, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1985)

1925 - Geraldine Brooks, American actress (d. 1977)

1929 - André Brasilier, French painter

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1944 – Denny Laine, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Moody Blues, Ginger Baker's Air Force, and Wings)

1946 – Peter Green, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green Splinter Group, and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)

1947 – Richard Dreyfuss, American actor

1948 – Kate Jackson, American actress, director, and producer (See Tipple Jar)

1949 – David Paton, Scottish guitarist (Pilot, The Alan Parsons Project, Bay City Rollers, and Camel)

1949 – James Williamson, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Stooges)

1955 – Kevin DuBrow, American singer-songwriter (Quiet Riot) (d. 2007)

1955 – Roger O'Donnell, English keyboard player (The Cure and Thompson Twins)

1957 – Dan Castellaneta, American actor

1961 – Randy Jackson, American singer-songwriter and dancer (The Jackson 5)

1962 – Einar Örn Benediktsson, Icelandic singer, trumpet player and politician (The Sugarcubes, Purrkur Pillnikk, and KUKL)

1967 – Rufus Sewell, English actor

1971 – Winona Ryder, American actress

Died on This Day

1618 - Sir Walter Raleigh, stupid git (b. 1552)

1804 - George Morland, English painter (b. 1763)

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1877 – Nathan Bedford Forrest, American general (b. 1821)

1901 – Leon Czolgosz, American assassin of William McKinley (b. 1873)

1933 - George Benjamin Luks, U.S. Ashcan School painter (b. 1867)

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1934 - Lou Tellegen, Dutch-born silent film and stage actor (b. 1881)

1957 – Louis B. Mayer, Russian-American film producer (b. 1885)

1958 – Zoë Akins, American playwright (b. 1886)

1963 – Adolphe Menjou, American actor (b. 1890)

1971 – Duane Allman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band) (b. 1946)

1976 - Konstantin Vasilyev, Russian painter (b. 1942)

1987 – Woody Herman, American singer, musician, and bandleader (b. 1913)

1997 – Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan (b. 1930)

2011 – Jimmy Savile, English radio and television host (b. 1926)

2012 – Letitia Baldrige, American etiquette expert and secretary (b. 1926)

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