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On This Day

In 1831, Nat Turner was hanged in Jerusalem, Virginia, for leading a violent slave uprising.

In 1889, Washington became the 42nd State.

In 1919, violence erupted at an Armistice Day parade in Centralia, Washington, resulting in the deaths of four members of the American Legion and the lynching of a local leader of the Industrial Workers of the World. This kind of event was all too common back in the early days of the Labor movement.

In 1926, U.S. Route 66 was established, running from Chicago to Los Angeles via the Southwest. By 1985 it had been completely replaced by the interstate system, and now is just a side road populated by tacky souvenir shops (though still well worth traveling).

In 1992, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow women to become priests.

Born on This Day

1579 – Frans Snyders, Flemish painter (d. 1657)

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1738 - Jean-Jacques Le Barbier, French Neoclassical painter and illustrator (d. 1826)

1821 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (d. 1881)

1831 - John George Brown, British-born American painter (d.1913)

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1837 - Arthur Grottger, Polish painter and graphic artist (d. 1867)

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

1863 – Paul Signac, French painter (d. 1935)

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1868 - Jean Édouard Vuillard, French post-Impressionist painter (d. 1940)

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1887 – Roland Young, American actor (d. 1953) best remembered from his work in the delightful 1930s "Topper" comedies and as the lecherous Uncle Willy in "The Philadelphia Story". (See Tipple Jar)

1894 – Beverly Bayne, American silent film actress (d. 1982)

1909 – Robert Ryan, American actor (d. 1973)

1918 – Stubby Kaye, American comic actor (d. 1997)

1922 – Kurt Vonnegut Jr., American novelist (d. 2007)

1927 – Mose Allison, American jazz pianist and singer

1929 – LaVern Baker, American singer (d. 1997)

1930 – Hank Garland, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2004)

1940 – Barbara Boxer, American Democratic Senator from California

1945 – Chris Dreja, British musician (The Yardbirds)

1953 – Marshall Crenshaw, American musician

1953 – Andy Partridge, English musician (XTC)

1955 – Dave Alvin, American songwriter and guitarist

1960 – Stanley Tucci, American actor and director

1973 – Jason White, American musician (Green Day)

1974 – Leonardo DiCaprio, American actor

Died on This Day

1563 - Francisco de' Rossi (aka Francesco Salviati, Il Salviati, Francesco Rossi and Cecchino del Salviati), Italian mannerist painter (b. 1510)

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1638 – Cornelis van Haarlem, Dutch painter (b. 1562)

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1761 - Jan ten Compe, Dutch cityscape painter (b. 1713)

1772 - Jan Maurits Quinkhard, Dutch painter (b. 1688)

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1810 - Johann Zoffany, German painter (b. 1733)

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1873 - Henry Perlee Parker, British painter (b. 1795)

1904 - Valentine Prinsep, British Pre-Raphaelite painter (b. 1838)

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1919 – Pavel Chistyakov, Russian painter (b. 1832)

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1938 – Mary Mallon, Irish-born American carrier of typhoid (b. 1869) best known as Typhoid Mary. She allegedly infected 51 people, never having any symptoms herself. She spent most of her life a virtual prisoner.

1945 – Jerome Kern, American composer (b. 1885)

1972 – Berry Oakley, American musician (Allman Brothers Band) (b. 1948)

1976 – Alexander Calder, American artist (b. 1898)

1984 – Martin Luther King, Sr., American civil rights figure (b. 1899) and father of Martin Jr.

2004 – Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1929)

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