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On This Day

In 1787, New Jersey was the third state to ratify the Constitution.

In 1892, the premier performance of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet took place in St. Petersburg.

In 1961, EMI Records declined to sign a little band called The Beatles.

In 1970, Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his cousin, Myra Gale Brown, who, at 26 (and 13 years of marriage) was probably too old for him.

In 1971, Utah's Capitol Reef National Park was established.

In 1996, the Oakland, California school board passed a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect. This comes up every time racists think they can make a point.

In 2002, California governor Gray Davis announced that the budget deficit would be double what he had reported during his re-election campaign. This set the ball rolling for his recall (funded by Darrell Issa), and of course we all know how the winner of that election fixed all of California's financial woes.

In 2003, singer Michael Jackson was charged with 7 counts of molestation of a child under 14. He was later acquitted.

Born on This Day

1633 - Willem van de Velde II, Dutch marine painter (d. 1707)

1768 - Marie-Guillemine Benoist, French painter (d. 1826)

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1820 - Carl Ludwig Friedrich Becker, German painter (d. 1900)

1835 - William Frederick Yeames, British painter (d. 1918)

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1837 - David Adolf Constant Artz, Dutch painter (d. 1890)

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1849 – Henrietta Edwards, Canadian women’s rights activist (d. 1931)

1863 – Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria (d. 1914)

1866 - Antoon van Welie, Dutch painter (d. 1956)

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1878 – Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union (d. 1953)

1879 – Paul Klee, Swiss-born painter (d. 1940)

1886 – Ty Cobb, American baseball player (d. 1961)

1888 – Dame Gladys Cooper, English actress (d. 1971)

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1888 – Robert Moses, American public works official who did a lot of damage to Manhattan neighborhoods. (d. 1981)

1898 - Giuseppe Viviani, Italian painter (d. 1965)

1904 – George Stevens, American film director (d. 1975)

1907 – Lawrence Lucie, American jazz guitarist (d. 2009)

1908 – Celia Johnson, English actress (d. 1982)

1916 – Betty Grable, American actress (d. 1973)

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1917 – Ossie Davis, American actor and activist (d. 2005)

1920 - Enrique Grau Araújo, Colombian painter (d. 2004)

1933 – Lonnie Brooks, American musician

1935 – Jacques Pépin, French chef

1938 – Chas Chandler, English musician (The Animals) (d. 1996)

1943 – Keith Richards, English guitarist (The Rolling Stones)

1946 – Steve Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist (d. 1977)

1946 – Steven Spielberg, American film director

1948 - Mimmo Paladino, Italian painter

1948 – Bill Nelson, English musician (Be-Bop Deluxe)

1953 – Elliot Easton, American guitarist (The Cars)

1958 – Geordie Walker, English rock musician and lead guitarist for post-punk band Killing Joke

1963 – Brad Pitt, American actor

1980 – Christina Aguilera, American singer

Died on This Day

1737 – Antonio Stradivari, Italian violin maker (b. 1644)

1828 - Joseph Rebell, Austrian landscape and seascape painter (b. 1787)

1902 - Bengt Nordenberg, Swedish painter (b. 1822)

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1971 - Diana Lynn, American pianist and actress (b. 1926) See Tipple Jar

1980 – Gabrielle Robinne, French actress (b. 1886)

1990 – Anne Revere, American actress (b. 1903)

1991 - June Storey, American actress (b. 1918)

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1997 – Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (b. 1964)

2000 – Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (b. 1959)

2011 – Václav Havel, playwright, philosopher and dissident, last president of Czechoslovakia, and the first president of the Czech Republic (b. 1936)

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