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On This Day

In 1789, Georgetown University was established in what is now present-day Washington, D.C. (but was then part of Maryland).

In 1849, English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree, from the Medical Institution of Geneva, N.Y.

In 1932, New York Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that he was running for President.

In 1941, Charles Lindbergh testified in front of Congress, advocating for a neutrality pact with a man he admired - Adolf Hitler.

In 1950, in Israel, the Knesset decided that Jerusalem, instead of Tel Aviv, would be the capital of Israel.

In 1964, the 24th amendment to the Constitution was ratified, eliminating poll taxes in federal elections. In recent elections, Republicans have sought ways to bring poll taxes and similar voting restrictions back.

In 1977, ABC began airing the TV mini-series "Roots," based on Alex Haley's novel. This was a very big thing, kindling an interest in genealogy in all kinds of people, but especially among African-Americans, who previously never dared to hope they might be able to trace their own ancestry back to Africa.

In 2002, Daniel Pearl, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was abducted in Pakistan, by terrorists, who demanded the return of prisoners from the Afghan campaign. He never made it home, having been murdered by his kidnapers.

Born on This Day

1574 - Lucas Franchoys the elder, Belgian painter (d. 1643)

1606 - Giacinto Gimignani, Italian painter (d. 1681)

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1622 - Abraham Diepraam, Dutch painter (d. 1670)

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1767 - Jeanne-Elisabeth Chaudet, French painter (d. 1832)

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1783 – Stendhal, French writer (d. 1842)

1810 - John Rogers Herbert, English painter (d. 1890)

1813 – Camilla Collett, Norwegian writer and feminist (d. 1895)

1829 - Anton Seitz, German painter (d. 1900)

1832 – Édouard Manet, French artist (d. 1883)

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1881 – Luisa Casati, patron of the arts, muse and fashion icon (d. 1957)

1896 – Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (d. 1985)

1898 – Sergei Eisenstein, Russian film director (d. 1948)

1898 – Randolph Scott, American actor (d. 1987)

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1907 – Dan Duryea, American actor (d. 1968) See Tipple Jar

1910 – Django Reinhardt, Belgian guitarist (Quintette du Hot Club de France) (d. 1953)

1919 – Ernie Kovacs, American comedian (d. 1962)

1924 – Frank Lautenberg, American politician

1928 – Jeanne Moreau, French actress

1933 – Chita Rivera, Puerto Rican actress and dancer

1935 – Bob Moses, American civil rights activist

1943 – Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist

1943 – Gil Gerard, American actor

1944 – Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor

1948 – Anita Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters)

1950 – Richard Dean Anderson, American actor

1950 – Danny Federici, American musician (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) (d. 2008)

1950 – John Greaves, English musician (Henry Cow, National Health)

1951 – Chesley Sullenberger, American pilot, captain of US Airways Flight 1549

1953 – Antonio Villaraigosa, American politician, 52nd Mayor of Los Angeles

1953 – Robin Zander, American singer (Cheap Trick)

1954 – Edward Ka-Spel, English musician (Legendary Pink Dots)

1957 – Princess Caroline of Monaco

Died on This Day

1516 – Ferdinand II of Aragon (b. 1452)

1570 – James Stewart, Earl of Moray, regent of Scotland (assassinated)

1578 - Bartolomeo Schedoni, Italian painter (d. 1615)

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1612 – Edward Fenner, English judge, famous for involvement in prosecution of witchcraft

1760 - Giovanni Antonio Guardi, Italian painter (b. 1698)

1803 – Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer (b. 1725)

1806 – William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1759)

1810 - John Hoppner, English portrait painter (b. 1758)

1883 – Gustave Doré, French artist, engraver, and illustrator (b. 1832)

1889  - Alexandre Cabanel, French painter (b. 1823)

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1893 - Gustave Léonard de Jonghe, Belgian painter (b. 1829)

1924 - James Wilson Morrice, Canadian painter (b. 1865)

1931 – Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina (b. 1881)

1933 - Apollinary Vasnetsov, Russian painter (d. 1856)

1943 – Alexander Woollcott, American actor, author, and bon vivant (b. 1887)

1943 - Richard E. Miller, American impressionist painter (b. 1875)

1944 – Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter (b. 1863)

1947 - Pierre Bonnard, French painter (b.1867)

1956 – Alexander Korda, Hungarian/British film director (b. 1893)

1957 – Willie Edwards, Murder victim/killed by KKK members (b. 1932)

1973 – Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)

1976 – Paul Dupuis, French Canadian film and television actor (b. 1913)

1976 – Paul Robeson, American actor, singer, and social activist (b. 1898)

1977 – Toots Shor, New York restaurateur (b. 1903)

1978 – Terry Kath, American musician (Chicago) (b. 1946)

1978 – Jack Oakie, American actor (b. 1903)

1982 - Hope Hampton, American actress (b. 1897)

1989 – Salvador Dalí, Spanish artist (b. 1904)

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1990 – Allen Collins, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (b. 1952)

1993 - Thomas A Dorsey, known as "the father of black gospel music" (b. 1899)

2003 – Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)

2004 – Helmut Newton, German-born photographer (b. 1920)

2005 – Johnny Carson, American television host (b. 1925)

2007 – E. Howard Hunt, American Watergate figure (b. 1918)

2011 – Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert (b. 1914)

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