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In 1806, Lieutenant Zebulon Pike spotted a distant mountain peak while exploring the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Someone later named it after him. It is now populated by cranky nurses (or so I'm told).

In 1859, the first modern revival of the Olympic Games was held in Athens, Greece.

In 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman burned the city of Atlanta, and began his March to the Sea.

In 1920, the first assembly of the League of Nations took place in Geneva.

In 1943, Heinrich Himmler decided that Gypsies were no better than how he considered Jews, and ordered them all into concentration camps.

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ceremonially laid the cornerstone of the new Jefferson Memorial.

In 1969, a massive crowd, estimated (depending on the source) to be from 250,000 to 500,000 people held an anti-war demonstration called "The March Against Death" in Washington D.C.

Born on This Day

1570 - Francesco Curradi, Italian painter (d. 1661)

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1620 - Cornelis Bega, Dutch Baroque painter, draftsman, and etcher (d. 1664) See Tipple Jar

1815 - John Banvard, American panorama and portrait painter (d. 1891)

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1832 - Hermann Ottomar Herzog, German-born U.S. painter of the Hudson River School (d. 1932)

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1845 - Tina Blau, Austrian landscape painter (d. 1916)

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1879 – Lewis Stone, American actor (d. 1953)

1887 – Marianne Moore, American poet (d. 1972)

1887 – Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter (d. 1986)

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1891 – Averell Harriman, American businessman (d. 1986)

1891 – Erwin Rommel, German field marshal, "The Desert Fox" (d. 1944)

1903 - Tilly Losch, Austrian born actress, dancer, painter, etc. (d. 1975)

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1905 – Mantovani, Italian-born composer (d. 1980)

1906 – Curtis LeMay, U.S. wingnut Air Force general (d. 1990)

1910 - Antoine Blanchard, French painter (d. 1988) who was to Parisian cityscapes what Thomas Kinkade was to cottages in the woods.

1929 – Ed Asner, American actor

1929 – Joe Hinton, American soul singer (d. 1968)

1930 – J. G. Ballard, British author (d. 2009) (Empire of the Sun, High Rise)

1932 – Petula Clark, English singer

1932 – Clyde McPhatter, American singer (d. 1972)

1937 – Little Willie John, American singer (d. 1968)

1937 – Yaphet Kotto, American actor

1940 – Sam Waterston, American actor

1945 – Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Swedish singer (ABBA)

1947 – Bill Richardson, American politician, 9th United States Secretary of Energy, and 30th Governor of New Mexico

1950 – Graham Parker, English singer-songwriter

1968 – Ol' Dirty Bastard, American rapper and producer (Wu-Tang Clan) (d. 2004)

1972 – Jonny Lee Miller, English actor

Died on This Day

1691 – Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch painter (b. 1620)

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1795 – Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo, French painter (b. 1719)

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1802 - George Romney, English painter (b. 1734) (yes, he is a relation)

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1932 - Andrea Tavernier, Italian painter (b. 1858)

1949 - Henri de Saint-Délis, French painter (b. 1878)

1954 – Lionel Barrymore, American actor who is best remembered today for his performance as Dick Cheney  Mr. Potter in It's a Wonderful Life. (b. 1878)

1958 – Tyrone Power, American actor (b. 1914)

1961 – Elsie Ferguson, American actress (b. 1883)

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1976 – Jean Gabin, French actor  (b. 1904)

1978 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (b. 1901)

1981 – Enid Markey, American stage and film actress, who was the first movie “Jane” to Elmo Lincoln’s Tarzan. (b. 1894)

1989 - Constance Binney, American actress (b. 1896)

1996 – Alger Hiss, American government official and alleged spy (b. 1904)

1998 – Stokely Carmichael, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)

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