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On This Day

In 1893, Colorado gave women the right to vote in state and local elections.

In 1908, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were rumored to have been killed in Bolivia.

In 1914, The New Republic magazine was first published.

In 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress.

In 1929,  New York's wonderful Museum of Modern Art opened to the public.

In 1940, four months after its completion, the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, Washington, collapsed in a windstorm.

In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt won re-election for a record fourth term as President of the United States of America. The Republicans made damn sure that would never happen again!

In 1967, Carl B. Stokes became Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, making him the first African American mayor of a major American city.

In 1973, President Nixon's veto of the War Powers Resolution, limiting presidential power to wage war without congressional approval, was overridden by Congress.

In 1989, Douglas Wilder became the first elected African American governor in the United States when he won the governor's seat in Virginia.

In 2002, Iran banned all advertising of American-made products.

Born on This Day

1598 – Francisco Zurbarán, Spanish painter (d. 1664)

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1728 – Captain James Cook, British naval officer, explorer, and cartographer (d. 1779)

1808 - Hermann Kauffmann, German painter (d. 1889)

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1811 - Jan Jacob Spohler, Dutch landscape painter (d. 1866)

1820 - Frans Lebret, Dutch painter (d. 1909)

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1828 - Paul-Jacques Aimé Baudry, French painter (d. 1886)

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1849 - Józef Chelmonski, Polish painter and illustrator (d. 1914)

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1859 - Henri Marius Camille Bouvet, French painter (d. 1945)

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1861 - Lesser Ury, German impressionist painter (d. 1931)

1867 – Maria Sklodowska-Curie, Polish chemist and physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics and in chemistry (d. 1934)

1879 – Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary (d. 1940)

1879 – King Baggot, American actor (d. 1948)

1890 – Jan Matulka American painter (d. 1972)

1893 – Leatrice Joy, American actress (d. 1985) See Tipple Jar

1901 – Norah McGuinness, Northern Irish painter and illustrator (d. 1980)

1913 – Albert Camus, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1960)

1918 – Billy Graham, American evangelist

1942 – Jean Shrimpton, British supermodel and actress

1943 – Joni Mitchell, Canadian musician

1949 – Stephen Bruton, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2009)

1949 – David S. Ware, American saxophonist (d. 2012)

1951 – Lawrence O'Donnell, American political analyst

1952 – David Petraeus, American military officer, ex-CIA Director, and idiot where women are concerned

1954 – Guy Gavriel Kay, Canadian fantasy author

1964 – Sandra Denton, American rapper and actress (Salt-N-Pepa)

1964 – Liam Ó Maonlaí, Irish keyboard player and songwriter (Hothouse Flowers)

1970 – Morgan Spurlock, American director and producer

1989 – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Russian singer and activist (Pussy Riot)

Died on This Day

1528 - Andrea Previtali, Italian painter (b. 1470)

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1678 - Erasmus Quellinus II, Flemish painter (b. 1607)

1708 - Ludolf Backhuysen (or Bakhuizen), Dutch marine painter  (b. 1631)

1766 - Jean-Marc Nattier, French portrait painter (b. 1685)

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1904 - Edwin Hayes, Irish marine painter (b. 1819)

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1924 - Hans Thoma, German painter (b. 1839)

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1959 – Victor McLaglen, British-born actor (b. 1883) who won the Best Actor award for his performance as Gypo Nolan in The Informer (1935)

1962 – Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States (b. 1884)

1978 – Gene Tunney, heavyweight boxing champion (b. 1897)

1980 – Steve McQueen, American actor (b. 1930)

1986 – Tracy Pew, Australian bass player (The Birthday Party and The Saints) (b. 1957)

1991 – Touko Laaksonen, known as Tom of Finland, Finnish illustrator (b. 1920)

2004 – Howard Keel, American actor and singer (b. 1919)

2011 – Joe Frazier, Olympic Heavyweight Boxer (b. 1944)

Today is

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