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On This Day

In 1809, the Illinois Territory was created.

In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to citizens regardless of race.

In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified. It was a liberal conspiracy!

In 1959, rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Thanks to the song “American Pie” by Don McLean, it is now known as “The Day the Music Died.”

In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Edgar D. Mitchell landed on the lunar surface during the third successful manned mission to the moon.

In 1988, the House of Representatives rejected President Ronald Reagan's request for more than $36 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras, so he found a way around them.

In 1994, the space shuttle Discovery took off with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time.

Born on This Day

1796 - Jean Baptiste Madou, Belgian painter (d. 1877)

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1807 - Genaro Pérez Villamil, Spanish landscape painter (d. 1854)

1809 – Felix Mendelssohn, German composer (d. 1847)

1811 – Horace Greeley, American journalist, editor, and publisher (d. 1872)

1859 - William Strang, Scottish painter and engraver (d. 1921)

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1862 – James Clark McReynolds, American Supreme Court Justice (d. 1946)

1864 - Mariano Barbasan Lagueruela, Spanish landscape painter (d. 1924)

1874 – Gertrude Stein, American writer, poet and art collector (d. 1946)

1883 - Camille Bombois, French painter (d. 1970)

1894 – Norman Rockwell, American illustrator (d. 1978)

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1898 – Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect (d. 1976)

1900 – Mabel Mercer, English born cabaret singer (d. 1984)

1904 – Pretty Boy Floyd, American gangster (d. 1934)

1907 – James Michener, American author (d. 1997)

1911 – Robert Earl Jones, American actor and father of James Earl Jones (d. 2006)

1912 – Mary Carlisle, American actress and singer

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1918 – Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (d. 2007)

1927 – Kenneth Anger, American underground filmmaker and writer who Makes Shit Up

1930 – Gillian Ayres, English painter

1823 - Manuel Castellano, Spanish painter (d. 1880)

1932 – Peggy Ann Garner, American actress (d. 1984)

1943 – Blythe Danner, American actress

1943 – Dennis Edwards, American singer (The Temptations)

1943 – Shawn Phillips, American singer, guitarist and songwriter

1947 – Dave Davies, English musician (The Kinks)

1948 – Jim Lockhart, Irish musician (Horslips)

1949 – Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls) (d. 2004)

1950 – Morgan Fairchild, American actress

1950 – Pamela Franklin, British actress

1956 – Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)

1959 – Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)

1970 – Warwick Davis, English actor

Died on This Day

1399 – John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (b. 1340)

1679 - Jan Steen, Dutch painter (b. 1626)

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1687 - Bernhard Keil, Danish painter (b. 1624)

1759 - Hendrik van Limborch, Dutch painter (b. 1681)

1850 - Guillaume-François Colson, French painter (b. 1785)

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1851 - Wilhelm Trübner, German painter (d. 1917)

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1900 - William Stanley Haseltine, U.S. landscape/seascape/cityscape painter (b. 1835)

1912 - Gonzalo Ariza, Colombian landscape painter (d. 1995)

1922 – John Butler Yeats, Northern Irish artist (b. 1839)

1924 – Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, Nobel laureate (b. 1856)

1937 - Marija Leiko, Latvian silent film actress (b. 1887)

1966 - June Walker, actress (b. 1900)

1977 - Pauline Starke, American silent film star (b. 1901)

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1989 – John Cassavetes, American actor (b. 1929) See Tipple Jar

2012 – Ben Gazzara, American actor (b. 1930) See Tipple Jar

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