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In 1790, the first State of the Union address was given by George Washington in New York City. The first SOTU drinking game consisted solely of chugging whenever he clicked his wooden teeth(yes, I know that's a fictional story).

In 1867, African American men were granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. over President Andrew Johnson’s veto.

In 1835, the United States national debt was at zero for the first and only time.

In 1964, LBJ declared a "War on Poverty," which has somehow morphed into the "War on Poor People."

In 1975, Ella T. Grasso became the first female U.S. governor who didn't succeed her husband, but was elected in her own right.

In 2002, the so-called No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law by George W. Bush, planting a foot squarely in the Left's behind.

In 2011, in a suburb of Tucson, Arizona, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was wounded when a disturbed young man wielding a semi-automatic pistol loaded with a high capacity magazine shot up a crowd at an appearance by Giffords at a local grocery store. 6 were killed and 13 (including Giffords) were wounded.

Born on This Day

1638 - Elisabetta Sirani, Italian painter (d. 1665)

1822 - Samuel Bough, English painter (d. 1878)

1823 - Florent Willems, Belgian genre painter (d. 1905)

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1824 – Wilkie Collins, British novelist (d. 1889)

1830 – Albert Bierstadt, German/American painter (d. 1902)

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1836 – Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Dutch artist (d. 1912)

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1843 - Nathaniel Sichel, German painter (d. 1907)

1864 - Henri-Gaston Darien, French painter (d. 1926)

1867 – Emily Greene Balch, American writer and pacifist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (d. 1961)

1872 - Charles Hawthorne, American painter (d.1930)

1874 - Oskar Laske, Austrian landscape/cityscape painter (d. 1951)

1879 – Charles Bryant, British actor and film director (d. 1948)

1883 – Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (d. 1941)

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1888 – Matt Moore, Irish-American actor (d. 1960)

1891 – Bronislava Nijinska, Russian choreographer (d. 1972) (she's on the left)

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1904 – Tampa Red, American blues musician (d. 1981)

1908 – William Hartnell, British actor who was the very first Doctor in the Doctor Who series. (d. 1975)

1912 – José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor (d. 1992)

1926 – Soupy Sales, American comedian (d. 2009)

1931 – Bill Graham, German-born American music promoter (d. 1991)

1931 – Chuck Metcalf, American jazz double-bassist (d. 2012)

1935 – Elvis Presley, American singer (d. 1977)

1937 – Dame Shirley Bassey, Welsh singer (See Tipple Jar)

1938 – Bob Eubanks, American game show host

1941 – Graham Chapman, British comedian (d. 1989)

1942 – Yvette Mimieux, American actress

1944 – Terry Brooks, American fantasy writer

1946 – Robby Krieger, American musician (The Doors and The Butts Band)

1947 – David Bowie, English musician

1959 – Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Crowded House and Split Enz) (d. 2005)

1966 – Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone and Malfunkshun) (d. 1990)

1979 – Torry Castellano, American musician (The Donnas)

Died on This Day

1324 – Marco Polo, Italian explorer (b. 1254)

1337 – Giotto di Bondone, Italian artist who went by the name Giotto. (b. 1267)

1666 - Adriaan Bloemaert, Dutch painter (b. 1609)

1825 – Eli Whitney, American inventor (b. 1765)

1857 - Nicholas Condy, British marine and genre painter (b. 1793)

1880 – Joshua A. Norton, aka Emperor Norton: "Emperor of the United States, Protector of Mexico" (b. 1811)

1888 - Josephus Laurentius Dyckmans, Dutch genre painter  (b. 1811)

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1896 – Paul Verlaine, French poet (b. 1844)

1916 – Ada Rehan, Irish-born American actress (b. 1860)

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1921 - Marie-François Firmin-Girard, French genre painter (b. 1838)

1948 - Kurt Schwitters, German painter (b. 1887)

1996 – François Mitterrand, President of France (b. 1916)

2007 – Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-born actress (b. 1922)

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