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On This Day

In 1792, the New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree on what is now Wall Street.

In 1875, Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby.

In 1946, President Truman seized control of the country's railroads to stop a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.

In 1954, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, which declared that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.

In 1973, the Senate began hearings into the Watergate scandal.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed "Megan's Law," which requires residents to be notified when sex offenders move into the neighborhood.

In 2000, two Ku Klux Klansmen were finally arrested on murder charges in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, that killed four young black girls.

Born on This Day

1587 - Esaias van de Velde, Dutch landscape painter (d. 1630)

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1682 – Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (d. 1722) (not to be confused with Dread Pirate Roberts)

1758 – Sir John St Aubyn, 5th Baronet, English fossil collector (d. 1839)

1854 - Karl Schweninger II, Austrian painter (d. 1903)

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1861 -  Maxime Maufra, French Impressionist landscape and marine painter (d. 1918)

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1866 – Erik Satie, French composer (d. 1925)

1868 – Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturer, co-founder of Dodge (d. 1920)

1889 – Dorothy Gibson, American actress and survivor of RMS Titanic (d. 1946)

1898 – Alfred Joseph Casson, Canadian painter (d. 1992)

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1904 – Jean Gabin, French actor (d. 1976)

1911 – Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish model (d. 1992)

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1911 – Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress and Mia Farrow's mum (d. 1998)

1912 – Archibald Cox, American lawyer and politician (d. 2004)

1936 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (d. 2010)

1942 – Taj Mahal, American singer-songwriter and musician

1944 – Jesse Winchester, singer-songwriter, musician, and producer

1946 – Udo Lindenberg, German singer, musician, and composer (Passport)

1947 – Andrew Latimer, English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Camel)

1948 – Dick Gaughan, Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and composer (The Boys of the Lough)

1949 – Bill Bruford, English drummer and songwriter (Yes, Genesis, King Crimson)

1955 – Bill Paxton, American actor and director

1961 – Enya, Irish singer-songwriter

1962 – Craig Ferguson, Scottish comedian, actor, and television host

1963 – Page McConnell, American musician and songwriter (Phish, Vida Blue, and Phil Lesh and Friends)

1965 – Trent Reznor, American singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and producer (Nine Inch Nails)

Died on This Day

1510 – Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter (b. 1445)

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1622 - Leonello Spada, Italian painter (b. 1576)

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1635 - Domenico Tintoretto, Venetian painter (b. 1560)

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1656 - Dirck Hals, Dutch painter (b. 1591)

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1695 - Cornelis de Heem, Dutch still life painter (b. 1631)

1717 - Bon Boullogne, French painter (b. 1649)

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1750 - Georg Engelhardt Schröder, German painter (b. 1684)

1829 – John Jay, American statesman and diplomat, 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (b. 1745)

1838 – Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French diplomat (b. 1754)

1875 – John C. Breckinridge, American lawyer and politician, 14th Vice President of the United States (b. 1821)

1889 - William Roxby Beverley, British painter (b. 1814)

1992 – Lawrence Welk, American musician and bandleader (b. 1903)

1996 – Johnny "Guitar" Watson, American singer and musician (b. 1935)

2004 – Tony Randall, American actor (b. 1920)

2005 – Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934)

2012 – Donna Summer, American singer-songwriter (b. 1948)

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