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On This Day

In 1870, the National Weather Service, then known as The Weather Bureau of the United States and under control of the Secretary of War, made its first official forecast.

In 1896, National Geographic featured their first ever picture of a bare breasted woman, making it the go-to nudie magazine for boys of that era.

In 1950, the Pope became infallible when Pope Pius XII declared himself so. This has held until recently, when the current Pope, Francis, said some questionable things about gays and atheists maybe being OK.

In 1973, Leon Jaworski was appointed as Special Prosecutor in the Watergate case.

In 1982, Honda opened their first U.S. assembly plant (the first of any Japanese car manufacturer) in Marysville, OH.

Born on This Day

1762 – Spencer Perceval, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1812)

1781 - Joseph Karl Stieler, German painter (d. 1858)

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1782 – F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1859)

1844 - Olga Wisinger-Florian, Austrian impressionist painter (d. 1926)

1849 - William Merritt Chase, U.S. painter (d. 1916)

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1853 - Maurice Leloir, French painter (d. 1940)

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1864 – Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (d. 1918)

1871 – Stephen Crane, American journalist, author, and poet (d. 1900)

1872 – Louis Dewis, Belgian-French painter (d. 1946)

1878 – Konrad Mägi, Estonian painter (d. 1925)

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1882 - Lorenzo Viani, Italian painter (d. 1936)

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1887 – L. S. Lowry, English painter (d. 1976)

1888 – George Kenner, German painter (d. 1971)

1889 – Hannah Höch, German painter and photographer (d. 1978)

1905 – Paul-Émile Borduas, Canadian painter (d. 1960)

1917 – Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American painter, co-founded the DuSable Museum of African American History (d. 2010)

1926 – Betsy Palmer, American actress

1942 – Larry Flynt, American publisher, founded Larry Flynt Publications

1944 – Kinky Friedman, American singer-songwriter and sometime politician

1946 – Ric Grech, French-English bass player (Family, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Blind Faith, and Traffic) (d. 1990)

1950 – Mitch Kapor, American computer programmer and businessman, founded Lotus Software and Electronic Frontier Foundation

1951 – Ronald Bell, American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and producer (Kool & the Gang)

1957 – Lyle Lovett, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1962 – Magne Furuholmen, Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist (A-ha and Apparatjik)

1962 – Anthony Kiedis, American singer-songwriter and actor (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

1967 – Sophie B. Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1972 – Toni Collette, Australian actress

1972 – Jenny McCarthy, American anti-vaxxer

1981 – LaTavia Roberson, American singer-songwriter (Destiny's Child)

Died on This Day

1546 – Giulio Romano, Italian painter (b. 1499)

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1629 - Hendrick Jansz ter Brugghen (or Terbrugghen), Dutch painter (b. 1588) (See Tipple Jar)

1670 - Salomon van Ruysdael, Dutch Baroque landscape painter (b. 1600)

1700 – Charles II of Spain (b. 1661)

1804 - Anton Wilhelm Tischbein, German portrait painter (b. 1730)

1893 - Jan Matejko, Polish painter (b. 1838)

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1912 - John Emms, British animal painter (b. 1843)

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1921 - Francisco Pradilla Ortiz, Spanish painter (b. 1848)

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1947 – Man o' War, American racehorse (b. 1917)

1952 – Dixie Lee, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1911)

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1968 - Léopold Survage, Russian painter, designer, and illustrator (b. 1879)

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1979 – Mamie Eisenhower, American wife of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 36th First Lady of the United States (b. 1896)

1982 – King Vidor, American director (b. 1894)

1985 – Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian (b. 1911)

2008 – Yma Sumac, Peruvian soprano (b. 1922)

2011 – Dorothy Howell Rodham, American mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton (b. 1919)

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