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On This Day

In 1936, in California, the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic.

In 1969, journalist Sy Hersh, after receiving a tip regarding an Army lieutenant being court-martialed for killing unarmed Vietnamese civilians and investigating said tip, broke the My Lai Massacre story.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter, in response to the hostage situation in Tehran,   halted to all oil imports from Iran into the United States.

In 1997, Pakistani citizen Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of planning and executing the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. In a civil trial(!) in New York(!), he was sentenced to life in prison (he was already serving one life term for another offense). In prison, he tried unsuccessfully to convert fellow terrorist Timothy McVeigh to Islam, but has now himself reportedly converted to Christianity. He cut his hair, eats pork, and goes through all the motions, but apparently most observers are skeptical of his sincerity.

In 2011, Silvio Berlusconi tendered his resignation as Prime Minister of Italy partial due to the European sovereign debt crisis (rather than all those other scandals surrounding him). Interestingly, one part of his austerity plan raised the retirement age for private sector women only from 60 to 65.  I wonder why Republicans never thought of that? Gut SS and hurt women, for the win! At this time he still holds considerable political power, and still has 4 ongoing court trials.

Born on This Day

1789 - William Turner of Oxford, English landscape painter (d. 1862)

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1790 – Letitia Christian Tyler, US First Lady (d. 1842)

1815 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American suffragette (d. 1902)

1820 - Edmund Mahlknecht, Austrian landscape painter (d. 1903)

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1833 - Martín Rico y Ortega, Spanish painter and engraver (d. 1908)

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1840 – Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (d. 1917)

1866 – Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary and politician (d. 1925)

1866 - Carl Wilhelmson, Swedish painter and lithographer (d. 1928)

1903 – Jack Oakie, American actor (d. 1978)

1908 – Harry Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1999)

1908 - Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)

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1911 – Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1991)

1917 – Jo Stafford, American singer (d. 2008)

1919 – Jackie Washington, Canadian blues musician (d. 2009)

1922 – Kim Hunter, American actress (d. 2002)

1924 – Sam Jones, American jazz bassist and cellist (d. 1981)

1929 – Grace Kelly, American actress and Princely consort of Monaco (d. 1982)

1934 – Charles Manson, American cult leader and convicted murderer

1937 – Ina Balin, American actress

1943 – Wallace Shawn, American actor and playwright

1943 – John Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Walker Brothers) (d. 2011)

1944 – Booker T. Jones, American musician and songwriter (Booker T and the MG's)

1945 – Neil Young, Canadian singer and guitarist (Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

1947 – Buck Dharma (born Donald Roeser), American vocalist and guitarist (Blue Öyster Cult)

1948 – Errol Brown, English singer (Hot Chocolate)

1948 – Hassan Rouhani, Iranian politician, slightly moderate 7th President of Iran

1962 – Brix Smith, American singer and guitarist (The Fall, The Adult Net)

1968 – Sammy Sosa, Dominican baseball player

1968 – Kathleen Hanna, American singer-songwriter (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and The Julie Ruin)

1970 – Tonya Harding, American figure skater

1980 – Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor

1982 – Anne Hathaway, American actress

Died on This Day

1662 - Adriaen van de Venne, Dutch painter, draftsman, and poet (b. 1589)

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1672 - Jean Nocret, French painter (b. 1615)

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1722 - Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch painter (b. 1659)

1754 - Jacob de Wit, Dutch Rococo painter and etcher (b. 1695)

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1829 - Jean-Baptiste Regnault, French painter (b. 1754)

1881 - Jan Michiel Ruyten, Belgian cityscape painter (b. 1813)

1869 - Johann Friedrich Overbeck, German painter (b. 1789)

1904 - Rudolf Ribarz, Austrian landscape painter (b. 1848)

1921 - Fernand Khnopff, painter (b. 1858)

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1943 - Henri Martin, French painter (b. 1860)

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1981 – William Holden, American actor (b. 1918) (See Tipple Jar)

1984 – Chester Himes, American writer (b. 1909)

1990 – Eve Arden, American actress (b. 1908)

1993 – H. R. Haldeman, American felon and ex-White House Chief of Staff (b. 1926)

2003 – Penny Singleton, American actress (b. 1908)

2008 – Mitch Mitchell, English drummer (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1947)

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