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On This Day

In 1864, Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864, which required that the inscription In God We Trust be placed on all coins minted as U. S. currency.

In 1876, the first ever National League baseball game was played in Philadelphia.

In 1954, Witness testimony and live television coverage of the Army-McCarthy Hearings began.

In 1964, the first season of the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair opened.

In 1970, Earth Day was celebrated for the first time.

In 1977, optical fiber was first used to carry live telephone traffic.

In 1993, Version 1.0 of the Mosaic web browser was released.

In 1998, Animal Kingdom opened at Disney World resort in Florida.

In 2000, armed immigration agents seized 6 year old Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' home in Miami; he was later reunited with his father in Cuba

In 2004, soldier/football player Pat Tillman was killed in an incident of "friendly fire" that was initially covered up.

Born on This Day

1451 - Isabella I of Castile (d. 1504)

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1610 - Pope Alexander VIII (d. 1691)

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1707 - Henry Fielding, English author (d. 1754)

1724 - Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (d. 1804)

1822 - Bengt Nordenberg, Swedish painter (d. 1902)

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1846 - Henry Woods, British painter (d. 1921)

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1860 - Ada Rehan, American actress (d. 1916)

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1870 - Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary (d. 1924)

1891 - Nicola Sacco, American anarchist (d. 1927)

1891 - Belle Bennett, American actress (d. 1932)

1892 - Vernon Johns, American civil rights activist (d. 1965)

1899 - Vladimir Nabokov, Russian novelist, professor, and lepidopterist (d. 1977)

1904 - J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist (d. 1967)

1916 - Yehudi Menuhin, American-Russian violinist and conductor (d. 1999)

1922 - Richard Diebenkorn, American painter (d. 1993)

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1922 - Charles Mingus, American jazz musician, composer, and bandleader (d. 1979)

1923 - Bettie Page, American model (d. 2008)

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1927 - Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (d. 2005)

1935 - Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist (Miles Davis Quintet) (d. 1969)

1937 - Jack Nicholson, American actor, film director, producer and writer

1943 - Janet Evanovich, American writer

1946 - John Waters, American filmmaker

1950 - Peter Frampton, English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (The Herd and Humble Pie)

1951 - Paul Carrack, English singer-songwriter and musician

1952 - Marilyn Chambers, American porn actress (d. 2009)

1966 - Fletcher Dragge, American guitarist and producer (Pennywise)

1967 - Sheryl Lee, American actress

1974 - Shavo Odadjian, Armenian-American musician and songwriter (System of a Down and Achozen)

1977 - Aaron Fink, American musician (Breaking Benjamin and Lifer)

Died on This Day

296 - Pope Caius

536 - Pope Agapetus I

1616 - Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish writer (b. 1547 (assumed))

1778 - James Hargreaves, English inventor, invented the Spinning Jenny (b. 1720)

1821 - John Crome "Old Crome", British painter of landscapes (b. 1768)

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1929 - Henry Lerolle, French painter (b. 1848)

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1945 - Käthe Kollwitz, German artist (b. 1867)

1946 - Lionel Atwill, English actor (b. 1885)

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1946 - Harlan F. Stone, American lawyer and jurist, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (b. 1872)

1978 - Will Geer, American actor (b. 1902)

1980 - Jane Froman, American actress (b. 1907)

1983 - Earl Hines, American jazz pianist (b. 1903)

1984 - Ansel Adams, American photographer (b. 1902)

1988 - Irene Rich, American actress (b. 1891)

1994 - Richard Nixon, American politician, 37th President of the United States (b. 1913)

1995 - Maggie Kuhn, American activist, founder of the Gray Panthers movement (b. 1905)

1996 - Erma Bombeck, American humorist and writer (b. 1927)

2002 - Linda Lovelace, American porn actress (b. 1949)

2006 - Alida Valli, Italian actress (b. 1921) (see Tipple Jar)

2007 - Juanita Millender-McDonald, American congresswoman (b. 1938)

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