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On This Day

In 1614, Pocahontas, daughter of the leader of the Powhatan tribe, married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.

In 1792, George Washington cast the first presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states, thinking it gave the Northern states an unfair advantage.

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed two executive orders: 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps, and 6102 "forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates" by American citizens.

In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union.

In 1984, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the highest-scoring player in NBA history at 31,421 career points. He still holds the record today at 38,387 points.

In 2010, 29 coal miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.

Born on This Day

1588 – Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (d. 1679)

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1625 - Domenico Maria Canuti, Italian painter (d. 1684)

1692 – Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (d. 1730)

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1732 – Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French artist (d. 1806)

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1769 – Sir Thomas Hardy, 1st Baronet, English Royal Navy Vice-Admiral and First Lord of the Admiralty (d. 1839)

1797 - Johann Fischbach, Austrian painter (d. 1871)

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1811 - Jules Dupré, French landscape painter (d. 1889)

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1827 – Joseph Lister, English surgeon and pioneer of antiseptic surgery (d. 1912)

1837 – Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet (d. 1909)

1856 – Booker T. Washington, American educator (d. 1915)

1858 – W. Atlee Burpee, Canadian horticulturist (d. 1915)

1866 - Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig, Dutch painter (d. 1915)

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1899 – Alfred Blalock, American surgeon (d. 1964)

1900 – Spencer Tracy, American actor (d. 1967)

1901 – Melvyn Douglas, American actor (d. 1981)

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1906 – Lord Buckley, American monologist (d. 1960)

1908 – Bette Davis, American actress (d. 1989)

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1916 – Gregory Peck, American actor (d. 2003)

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1917 – Robert Bloch, American author (d. 1994)

1922 – Gale Storm, American singer and actress (d. 2009)

1929 – Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (d. 2001)

1933 – Frank Gorshin, American actor (d. 2005)

1934 – Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2000)

1935 – Peter Grant, British music manager (d. 1995)

1937 – Colin Powell, American general, 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and 65th United States Secretary of State

1941 – Dave Swarbrick, English musician (Fairport Convention, Whippersnapper, and Swarb's Lazarus)

1942 – Allan Clarke, British singer (The Hollies)

1944 – Peter King, asshat congressman from New York politician

1946 – Jane Asher, English actress mostly famous for having been Paul McCartney's girlfriend.

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1951 – Dean Kamen, American inventor and entrepreneur, inventor of the Segway

1952 – Mitch Pileggi, American actor

1954 – Stan Ridgway, American singer-songwriter and musician (Wall of Voodoo and Drywall)

1954 – Peter Case, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Nerves and The Plimsouls)

1964 – Christopher "Kid" Reid, American rapper and actor (Kid 'n Play)

1966 – Mike McCready, American musician (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, and The Rockfords)

Died on This Day

1693 – Anne, Duchess of Montpensier, French writer (b. 1627)

1717 - Jean Jouvenet, French painter (b. 1644)

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1794 – Georges Danton, French Revolutionary leader (b. 1759)

1794 – Camille Desmoulins, French journalist and politician (b. 1760)

1862 - Barend Cornelis Koekkoek, Dutch landscape painter (b. 1803)

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1906 - Eastman Johnson, American painter (b. 1824)

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1932 - María Blanchard, Spanish painter (b. 1881)

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1958 - Ásgrímur Jónsson, Icelandic landscape painter (b. 1876)

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1964 – Douglas MacArthur, American general (b. 1880)

1970 – Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist (b. 1891)

1972 – Brian Donlevy, American actor (b. 1901)

1972 – Isabel Jewell, American actress (b. 1907)

1974 – A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (b. 1882)

1975 – Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese political and military leader, first President of the Republic of China (b. 1887)

1976 – Howard Hughes, American aviator (b. 1905)

1981 – Bob Hite, American singer (Canned Heat) (b. 1945)

1982 – Abe Fortas, American Supreme Court Justice (b. 1910)

1983 – Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)

1992 – Sam Walton, American businessman and entrepreneur, founder of Walmart and Sam's Club (b. 1918)

1994 – Kurt Cobain, musician (Nirvana) (b. 1967)

1997 – Allen Ginsberg, American poet (b. 1926)

1998 – Cozy Powell, English musician (b. 1947)

2002 – Layne Staley, American musician (Alice in Chains) (b. 1967)

2005 – Saul Bellow, Canadian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)

2008 – Charlton Heston, American actor (b. 1923)

2012 – Barney McKenna, Irish musician (The Dubliners) (b. 1939)

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