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On This Day

In 1768, Encyclopædia Britannica was first published.

In 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which banned slavery, was ratified.

In 1877, the Washington Post was first published.

In 1884, the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. was finished.

In 1933, James Joyce's novel Ulysses  was ruled not obscene by U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey.

In 1953, Vladimir Nabokov finished his soon-to-be-controversial novel, Lolita.

In 1969, the Woodstock era four months after it began when concert-goer Meredith Hunter was killed by the Hells Angels during a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway in California.  The concert was documented in the Maysles Brothers documentary, Gimme Shelter.

Born on This Day

1668 - Nicolas Vleughels, French painter (d. 1737)

1750 - Pierre Henri de Valenciennes, French painter (d. 1819)

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1791 - José Gutiérrez de la Vega, Spanish painter (d. 1865)

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1812 - Louis-Nicolas Cabat, French landscape painter (d. 1893)

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1841 – Frédéric Bazille, French painter (d. 1870)

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1855 - Frank Myers Boggs, U.S. painter (d.1926)

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1856 - François Flameng, French painter (d. 1923)

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1872 – William S. Hart, American actor (d. 1946) See Tipple Jar

1884 - Leon Abraham Kroll, U.S. painter (d. 1974)

1887 – Lynn Fontanne, British-American actress (d. 1983)

1890 – Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer (d. 1955)

1896 – Ira Gershwin, American lyricist (d. 1983)

1898 – Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-born American photojournalist (d. 1995)

1900 – Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)

1913 – Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (d. 2004)

1920 – Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. 2012)

1924 – Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)

1943 – Mike Smith, English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (The Dave Clark Five) (d. 2008)

1949 – Linda Creed, American songwriter (d. 1986)

1952 – Craig Newmark, American internet entrepreneur (he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice..)

1955 – Rick Buckler, British drummer (The Jam)

1955 – Steven Wright, American comedian

1956 – Peter Buck, American guitarist (R.E.M.)

1958 – Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator

1961 – David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies)

1962 – Janine Turner, American actress turned deranged wingnut

1971 – Ryan White, American AIDS victim (d. 1990)

1982 – Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist

Died on This Day

1562 – Jan van Scorel Dutch painter and architect (b. 1495)

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1779 – Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)

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1791 - Christian Georg Schüz (or Schütz) I, German landscape painter (b. 1718)

1835 - George Philip Reinagle, English painter (b. 1802)

1852 - George Duncan Beechey, British painter (b. 1798)

1855 – William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist (b. 1789)

1878 – Theodoros Vryzakis, Greek artist (b. 1814)

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1882 – Anthony Trollope, British author (b. 1815)

1884 - Jean Baptiste van Moer, Belgian painter (b. 1819)

1889 – Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1808)

1942 - Louis Marie de Schryver, French painter (b. 1862)

1949 – Leadbelly, American musician (b. 1888)

1951 – Harold Ross, American magazine editor (b. 1892)

1955 – Honus Wagner, American baseball player (b. 1874)

1964 – Consuelo Vanderbilt, American socialite (b. 1877)

1988 – Roy Orbison, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter (b. 1936)

1989 – John Payne, American actor (b. 1912)

1993 – Don Ameche, American actor (b. 1908)

2011 – Dobie Gray, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1940)

2012 – Huw Lloyd-Langton, English guitarist (Hawkwind and Widowmaker) (b. 1951)

Today is

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Miners Day
National Pawnbrokers Day
National Salesperson Day
Faux Fur Friday

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