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On This Day

In 1517, the Protestant Reformation got underway as Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany.

In 1864, Nevada became the 36th U.S. State.

In 1923, before there was air conditioning, the town of Marble Bar, Australia, experienced the first of 160 days of 100 degree temperatures. (But it was a dry heat.)

In 1968, LBJ ordered all bombing in North Vietnam to cease, saying the peace talks were going well.

In 2005, George W. Bush announced his nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Born on This Day

1632 – Johannes Vermeer, Flemish painter (d. 1675)

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1732 - Jean Bardin, French painter (d. 1809)

1740 - Philipp Jakob Louthebourg the younger, English painter, illustrator and stage designer (d. 1812)

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1763 - Jean-Antoine Laurent, French painter (d. 1832)

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1795 – John Keats, English poet (d. 1821)

1817 - Friedrich Johann Voltz, German painter (d. 1886)

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1827 – Richard Morris Hunt, American architect, designed the New York Tribune Building (d. 1895)

1874 - Hans Josef Weber-Tyrol, Austrian painter (d. 1957)

1883 – Marie Laurencin, French painter (d. 1956)

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1887 – Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese military leader and politician, President of the Republic of China (d. 1975)

1896 – Ethel Waters, American singer and actress (d. 1977)

1920 – Dick Francis, Welsh jockey and author (d. 2010)

1920 – Helmut Newton, German photographer (d. 2004)

1922 – Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress and author (d. 2005)

1928 – Cleo Moore, American actress (d. 1973) See Tipple Jar

1931 – Dan Rather, American journalist

1936 – Michael Landon, American actor (d. 1991)

1937 – Tom Paxton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944 – Sally Kirkland, American actress

1945 – Russ Ballard, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Argent)

1946 – Stephen Rea, Irish actor

1950 – John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor (d. 1994)

1950 – Jane Pauley, American journalist

1950 - Jozef Stolorz, Polish painter

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1957 – Robert Pollard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Guided by Voices)

1961 – Peter Jackson, New Zealand actor, director, screenwriter, and producer

1961 – Larry Mullen, Jr., Irish drummer, songwriter, and actor (U2 and Automatic Baby)

1963 – Johnny Marr, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Smiths)

1966 – Ad-Rock, American rapper, producer, and actor (Beastie Boys)

1966 – Annabella Lwin, Burmese singer (Bow Wow Wow)

1966 – Jon Wurster, American comic and drummer (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats)

1983 – Adam Bouska, American photographer and activist, founded the NOH8 Campaign

Died on This Day

1517- Fra Bartolomeo, Florentine painter (b. 1472)

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1806 - Utamaro Kitagawa, Japanese artist (b. ?)

1884 – Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian painter (b. 1858)

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1918 – Egon Schiele, Austrian painter (b. 1890)

1926 – Harry Houdini, Hungarian-American magician (b. 1874)

1945 - Ignacio Zuloaga, Basque painter (b. 1890)

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1984 – Indira Gandhi, Indian politician, 3rd Prime Minister of India (b. 1917)

1988 – John Houseman, Romanian-American actor and director (b. 1902)

1988 – Alfred Pellan, Canadian painter (b. 1906)

1993 – Federico Fellini, Italian director (b. 1920)

1993 – River Phoenix, American actor and singer (b. 1970)

1995 – Rosalind Cash, American actress and singer (b. 1938)

2008 – Studs Terkel, American author and actor (b. 1912)

Today is

Books For Treats Day
Day of the Seven Billion
Girl Scout Founder's Day
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National Caramel Apple Day
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
National Magic Day
National UNICEF Day
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