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On This Day

In 1577, Sir Francis Drake debarked from Plymouth, England, on his trip around the world.

In 1949, the Knesset voted to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem.

In 1974, ex-Beatle George Harrison had lunch with President Gerald Ford at the White House. No word on if Savoy Truffle was on the menu.

In 1982, the Sentry Armored Car Company in New York discovered that $11 million had been stolen from its headquarters overnight (oops). It was the biggest cash theft in U.S. history.

In 2003, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was captured near his home town of Tikrit.

Born on This Day

1815 - Johann Gottfried Steffan, Swiss landscape painter (d. 1905)

1818 – Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States (d. 1882)

1821 - Joseph Noël Paton, Scottish painter (d. 1901)

1825 - Gerolamo Induno, Italian genre painter (d. 1890)

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1836 – Franz von Lenbach, German painter (d. 1904)

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1839 - Paul Albert Girard, French orientalist painter (d. 1920)

1860 – Lucien Guitry, French actor (d. 1925)

1872 - Jan Zoetelief Tromp, Dutch genre painter (d. 1947)

1871 – Emily Carr, Canadian artist (d. 1945)

1887 – Alvin York, American soldier & Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)

1903 – Ella Baker, American civil rights activist (d. 1986)

1903 – Carlos Montoya, Spanish guitarist (d. 1993)

1903 - John Piper, English painter (d. 1992)

1910 – Van Heflin, American actor (d. 1971)

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1915 – Curd Jürgens, German-born Austrian actor (d. 1982)

1915 – Ross Macdonald, American-born author (d. 1983)

1925 – Dick Van Dyke, American actor and comedian

1928 – Eve Meyer, American model (d. 1977)  See Tipple Jar

1929 – Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor

1934 – Richard D. Zanuck, American film producer

1942 – Anna Eshoo, American politician

1945 – Herman Cain, American businessman, radio host, Pokemon fan and failed presidential candidate.

1948 – Lester Bangs, influential rock critic (d. 1982)

1948 – Ted Nugent, skuzzy American guitarist and batshit crazy right wing fanatic and gun-lover (don't worry, I'm not posting a video)

1949 – Tom Verlaine, American singer and guitarist (Television)

1950 – Tom Vilsack, 40th Governor of Iowa and 30th United States Secretary of Agriculture

1953 – Ben Bernanke, American economist and current United States Chairman of the Federal Reserve

1954 – Steve Forbert, American singer-songwriter

1957 – Steve Buscemi, American actor

1957 – Morris Day, American singer (The Time)

1974 – Nicholas McCarthy, English guitarist (Franz Ferdinand)

1981 – Amy Lee, American singer/songwriter (Evanescence)

Died on This Day

1204 – Maimonides, Spanish rabbi and philosopher (b. 1135)

1466 – Donatello, Florentine artist and sculptor (b. 1386)

1693 - Willem van Velde Sr., Dutch marine painter (b. 1611)

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1716 – Charles de La Fosse, French painter (b. 1640)

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1867 - Artur Grottger, Polish graphic artist and painter (b. 1837)

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1890 - François Bocion, Swiss painter (b. 1828)

1912 - Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Italian genre painter (b. 1834)

1922 - John William Godward, British painter (b. 1861)

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1924 – Samuel Gompers, American labor leader (b. 1850)

1932 – Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (b. 1853)

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1944 – Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-born French artist (b. 1866)

1944 – Lupe Vélez, Mexican actress (b. 1908)

1947 – Nicholas Roerich, Russian painter (b. 1874)

1986 – Heather Angel, English actress (b. 1909)

1986 – Ella Baker, American civil rights activist (b. 1903)

2002 – Zal Yanovsky, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Lovin' Spoonful) (b. 1944)

2010 – Woolly Wolstenholme, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Barclay James Harvest) (b. 1947)

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