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On This Day

In 1792, the Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, was signed by President George Washington.

In 1809, the Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.

In 1839, Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia. (That must have been very effective.)

In 1872, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.

In 1931, Congress approved the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (their approval was required due to the bridge passing through Yerba Buena Island, a naval base).

In 1938, British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigned in protest over Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

In 1962, while aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.

Born on This Day

1633 – Jan de Baen, Dutch portrait painter (d. 1702)


1745 – Henry James Pye, English poet (d. 1813)

1779 - Augustus Wall Callcott, English painter (d. 1844)


1848 – Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)

1874 – Mary Garden, Scottish operatic soprano (d. 1967)


1893 – Russel Crouse, American playwright (d. 1966)

1899 – Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman (d. 1992)

1902 – Ansel Adams, American photographer (d. 1984)


1911 - Margot Grahame, English actress (d. 1982)

Margot Grahame, 1936

1916 – Jean Erdman, American dancer

1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt, American socialite and clothing designer


1927 – Roy Cohn, American lawyer (d. 1986)

1927 – Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2005)

1927 – Sidney Poitier, American actor

1929 – Amanda Blake, American actress (d. 1989)

1937 – Nancy Wilson, American Jazz singer

1941 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer

1943 – Mike Leigh, British film director

1946 – Sandy Duncan, American singer and actress

1946 – J. Geils, American guitarist (The J. Geils Band)

1949 – Ivana Trump, Czech-born American socialite who must have had a very strong stomach.

1950 – Walter Becker, American guitarist (Steely Dan)

1951 – Randy California, American guitarist (Spirit) (d. 1997)

1953 – Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)

1954 – Anthony Head, English actor

1954 – Patty Hearst, American socialite

1960 – Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000)

1963 – Charles Barkley, American basketball player

1963 – Ian Brown, English singer (The Stone Roses)

1967 – Kurt Cobain, American musician (Nirvana) (d. 1994)

1967 – Lili Taylor, American actress

1969 – Vaginal Davis, American drag queen and performance artist

1971 – Calpernia Addams, transgender activist

1976 – Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness and Stone Gods)

1988 – Rihanna, Barbadian singer

Died on This Day

1762 – Tobias Mayer, German astronomer (b. 1723)

1803 – Marie Dumesnil, French actress (b. 1713)

1862 – William Wallace Lincoln, son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (b. 1850)

1871 – Paul Kane, Irish-born painter (b. 1810)


1893 – P.G.T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (b. 1818)

1895 – Frederick Douglass, American abolitionist writer (b. 1818)

1920 – Robert Peary, American explorer (b. 1856)

1936 – Max Schreck, German actor (b. 1879)


1972 – Walter Winchell, American journalist (b. 1897)

1976 – Kathryn Kuhlman, American evangelist (b. 1907)

1987 – Wayne Boring, American comics artist (b. 1905)

1992 – A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (b. 1898)


1997 – Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist (b. 1960)

1999 – Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)

2005 – Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)

Sandra Dee

2005 – John Raitt, American actor (b. 1917)

2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)

2008 – Emily Perry, English actress (b. 1907)

2012 – S. N. Lakshmi, Indian actress (b. 1927)

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