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On This Day

In 1635, the first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, was founded in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1789, President-elect George Washington and his wife, Martha, moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House in New York City.

In 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 1968, leftist students at Columbia University in New York City began a weeklong occupation of several campus buildings.

In 1971, the Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" album was released.

In 1985, Coca-Cola announced their decision to change the top secret formula of their famed beverage. "New Coke" was an immediate flop, and the company walked back the decision very quickly.

In 2005, YouTube's first video was uploaded.

Born on This Day

1564 - William Shakespeare, English playwright and actor (d. 1616)

1621 - William Penn, English admiral (d. 1670)

1775 - J. M. W. Turner, English painter (d. 1851)

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1791 - James Buchanan, American politician, 15th President of the United States (d. 1868)

1820 - James Sant, English painter (d. 1916)

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1833 - Antoine Vollon, French painter (d. 1900)

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1838 - Alfred Verwee, Flemish painter of cows (d. 1895)

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1842 - Fritz Beinke, German painter (d. 1907)

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1858 - Max Planck, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1947)

1891 - Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (d. 1953)

1893 - Frank Borzage, American director (d. 1952)

1895 - Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand writer (d. 1982)

1904 - Duncan Renaldo, Spanish-American actor (d. 1985)

1904 - Louis Muhlstock, Canadian painter (d. 2001)

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1907 - Lee Miller, American photographer and model (d. 1977)

1910 - Simone Simon, French actress (d. 2005)

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1917 - Dorian Leigh, American model (d. 2008)

1921 - Janet Blair, American actress (d. 2007)

1928 - Shirley Temple, American actress and politician

1936 - Roy Orbison, American singer-songwriter and musician (Traveling Wilburys) (d. 1988)

1942 - Sandra Dee, American actress (d. 2005)

1943 - Frans Koppelaar, Dutch painter

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1947 - Glenn Cornick, British musician (Jethro Tull and Paris)

1949 - David Cross, British violinist (King Crimson)

1954 - Michael Moore, American filmmaker

1968 - Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist, committed the Oklahoma City Bombing (d. 2001)

1979 - Barry Fratelli, Scottish bassist (The Fratellis)

Died on This Day

303 - Saint George, Roman soldier and Christian martyr

1014 - Brian Boru, Irish king

1605 - Boris Godunov, Tsar of Russia (b. c. 1550)

1625 - Juan de las Roelas, Spanish painter (b. 1559)

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1681 - Justus Sustermans, Flemish painter (d. 1597)

1774 - Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, German painter (b. 1712)

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1793 - Henri Horace Roland de la Porte, French still-life painter(b. 1724)

1850 - William Wordsworth, English poet (b. 1770)

1915 - Rupert Brooke, English poet (b. 1887)

1923 - Sir James Jebusa Shannon, American painter (b. 1862)

1951 - Charles G. Dawes, American banker and politician, 30th Vice President of the United States, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1865)

1983 - Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (b. 1908)

1984 - Red Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet) (b. 1923)

1985 - Sam Ervin, American politician (b. 1896)

1986 - Otto Preminger, Austrian director (b. 1906)

1990 - Paulette Goddard, American actress (b. 1910)

Paulette undergoes a rigorous screening process.

1991 - Johnny Thunders, American singer-songwriter and musician (New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers) (b. 1952)

1993 - César Chávez, American labor activist (b. 1927)

1995 - Howard Cosell, American attorney and sportscaster (b. 1918)

1998 - James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. (b. 1928)

2003 - Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer (b. 1910)

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2005 - John Mills, English actor (b. 1908)

2007 - Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician (b. 1931)

2011 - Tom King, American songwriter and musician (The Outsiders and The Starfires) (b. 1943)

2012 - Chris Ethridge, American musician and songwriter (The Flying Burrito Brothers) (b. 1947)

2012 - Tommy Marth, American saxophone player and writer (The Killers) (b. 1978)

Today is

World Book Day
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day
UN English Language Day (United Nations)
National Cherry Cheesecake Day
National Picnic Day
Movie Theater Day
Lover's Day
Talk Like Shakespeare Day
National Teach Your Children to Save Day

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