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On This Day

In 1834, six farm workers from Dorset, England were sentenced to be transported to Australia for the crime of forming a trade union.

In 1893, former Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley, pledged to donate a silver challenge cup awarding the best hockey team in Canada.

In 1938, Mexico nationalized all foreign-owned oil that was located within its borders. (I think we should do that.)

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the War Relocation Authority to remove Japanese Americans from their homes and place them in internment camps.

In 1944, Italy's Mount Vesuvius erupted again, killing 26 and sending residents fleeing from their homes. For a while, anyway.

In 1965, cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov became the first person to walk in space, leaving his spacecraft, Voskhod 2. He remained outside the spacecraft for 20 minutes, secured by a tether.

In 1968, Congress repealed the requirement for gold reserves to back US currency.

In 1974, most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their embargo against the United States.

In 2005, Terry Schiavo's feeding tube was finally removed. She died 13 days later, and her autopsy showed her brain had been totally non-functional for a long time.

In 2008, then-Presidential candidate Barack Obama made his famous speech about race to a gathering in Philadelphia.

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a $38 billion jobs bill, far weaker than what was originally proposed, containing tax breaks and spending designed to encourage the private sector to start hiring again.

Born on This Day

1496 – Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England; wife of Louis XII of France (d. 1533)

1548 - Cornelis Ketel, Dutch portrait painter (d. 1616)

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1578 - Adam Elsheimer, German painter (d. 1610)

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1603 – Simon Bradstreet, British colonial magistrate (d. 1693)

1634 – Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, comtesse de la Fayette, French writer (d. 1693)

1782 – John C. Calhoun, American politician, 7th Vice President of the United States (d. 1850)

1828 – William Randal Cremer, English politician and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1908)

1837 – Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (d. 1908)

1838 - Jan Stobbaerts, Belgian painter (d. 1914)

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1842 – Stéphane Mallarmé, French poet (d. 1898)

1844 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (d. 1908)

1858 – Rudolf Diesel, German inventor (d. 1913)

1869 – Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1940)

1877 – Edgar Cayce, American psychic (d. 1945)

1886 – Edward Everett Horton, American actor (d. 1970)

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1893 – Jean Goldkette, Greek-born jazz musician (d. 1962)

1901 – William H. Johnson, American artist (d. 1970)

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1905 – Robert Donat, English actor (d. 1958)

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1909 – Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)

1922 – Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights activist (d. 2011)

1926 – Peter Graves, American actor (d. 2010)

1927 – George Plimpton, American writer and actor (d. 2003)

1931 – John Fraser, Scottish actor

1938 – Charley Pride, American singer

1941 – Wilson Pickett, American singer (d. 2006)

1945 – Michael Reagan, American idiot radio host; adopted son of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman.

1947 – B.J. Wilson, English drummer (Procol Harum) (d. 1990)

1950 – Brad Dourif, American actor

1950 – John Hartman, American drummer (Doobie Brothers)

1951 – Ben Cohen, American businessman co-founder of Ben and Jerry's

1951 – Bill Frisell, American jazz musician

1952 – Will Durst, American political satirist

1959 – Irene Cara, American singer and actress

1961 – Grant Hart, American musician (Hüsker Dü)

1962 – James McMurtry, American folk singer and songwriter

1963 – Vanessa L. Williams, American beauty queen, actress, and singer

1966 – Jerry Cantrell, American musician (Alice in Chains)

1967 – Miki Berenyi, English singer (Lush)

1969 – Andy Cutting, English folk musician and composer

1972 – Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman

1974 – Stuart Zender, English bassist, songwriter, and record producer (Jamiroquai)

1979 – Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5) and Reality TV star (The Voice)

Died on This Day

1227 – Pope Honorius III (b. 1148)

1584 – Tsar Ivan IV of Russia (b. 1530)

1715 – William Fraser, 12th Lord Saltoun. Scottish patriot politician and landowner. (b. 1654)

1745 – Sir Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1676)

1845 – Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist (b. 1774)

1898 – Matilda Joslyn Gage, American suffragist (b. 1826)

1963 – Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)

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1969 – Barbara Bates, American actress (b. 1925)

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1978 – Peggy Wood, American actress (b. 1892)

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1986 – Bernard Malamud, American writer (b. 1914)

1988 – Billy Butterfield, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1917)

1991 - Vilma Banky, Hungarian born silent film star (d. 1991)

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2001 – John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas & the Papas) (b. 1935)

2008 – Anthony Minghella, British film director (b. 1954)

2009 – Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)

2010 – Fess Parker, American actor (b. 1924)

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