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On This Day

In 1832, the first Democratic National Convention began in Baltimore.

In 1851, Colombia outlawed slavery.

In 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton (the Red Cross already existed in Europe since 1863).

In 1924, Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, students from the University of Chicago, murdered 14 year old Bobby Franks in their attempt at committing the "perfect crime." It wasn't.

In 1959, Gypsy a musical about Gypsy Rose Lee starring Ethel Merman as the ultimate showbiz mom, opened on Broadway.

In 1979, riots erupted in San Francisco when Harvey Milk's murderer, Dan White, was found guilty only of manslaughter.

In 2012, a lot of religious persons were mightily upset when the end of the world and the Rapture failed to occur as promised.

Born on This Day

1471 – Albrecht Dürer, German painter (d. 1528)

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1688 – Alexander Pope, English poet (d. 1744)

1775 – Lucien Bonaparte, French politician, soldier, and academic (d. 1840)

1799 – Mary Anning, English paleontologist (d. 1847)

1814 - Louis Janmot (Anne-François-Louis Janmot), French painter (d. 1892)

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1826 - Adolf Heinrich Lier, German landscape painter (d. 1882)

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1828 - Johann Rudolf Koller, Swiss painter (d. 1905)

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1844 – Henri Rousseau, French painter (d. 1910)

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1844 - Edmond-Georges Grandjean, French painter (d. 1908)

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1846 - Nicolas Luc-Olivier Merson, French painter and illustrator (d. 1920)

If you are good and pray hard enough, you too may get an angel to finish your chores for you.

1850 – Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian vulcanologist (d. 1914)

1857 - Emilio Boggio, Venezuelan artist (d. 1920)

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1887 - Mabel Taliaferro, American actress (d. 1979)

1889 - Jan Trampota, Czech landscape painter (d. 1942)

1897 - Conrad Felixmüller, German Expressionist painter (d. 1977)

1902 – Marcel Breuer, Hungarian modernist architect and designer (d. 1981)

1904 – Robert Montgomery, American actor (d. 1981)

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1904 – Fats Waller, American singer, pianist, and composer (d. 1943)

1917 – Raymond Burr, Canadian actor (d. 1993)

1927 - Kay Kendall, British actress (d. 1959)

1928 – Tom Donahue, American disc jockey, producer, and promoter who ushered in a brief golden age of rock radio (d. 1975)

1929 – Larance Marable, American drummer (d. 2012)

1932 – Billy Wright, American singer and fiddler (d. 1991)

1938 – Lee "Shot" Williams, American singer (d. 2011)

1941 – Martin Carthy, English folk singer and guitarist

1943 – Hilton Valentine, English guitarist and songwriter (The Animals)

1947 – Bill Champlin, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Chicago and Sons of Champlin)

1949 - Stephen Gjertson, US Classical Realist painter

1951 – Al Franken, American comedian, actor, and politician

1955 – Stan Lynch, American drummer, songwriter, and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

1963 – Kevin Shields, American-Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (My Bloody Valentine)

1972 – The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper (Junior M.A.F.I.A. and The Commission) (d. 1997)

Died on This Day

1542 – Hernando de Soto, Spanish explorer who Wikipedia lists as (the first person to cross the Mississippi River). A likely story! (d. around 1497)

1724 – Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, English statesman (b. 1661)

1819 - Dionys van Dongen, Dutch painter (b. 1748)

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1862 – John Drew, Irish-American actor (b. 1827)

1875 - Johann Adam Klein, German painter and engraver (b. 1792)

1911 – Williamina Fleming, Scottish astronomer (b. 1857)

1915 -  Max Alfred Buri, Swiss artist (b. 1868)

1935 – Jane Addams, American social worker, activist, and author, co-founder of Hull House, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1860)

1984 – Ann Little, American actress (b. 1891)

1984 - Andrea Leeds, American actress (b. 1914)

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2000 – John Gielgud, English actor (b. 1904)

2006 – Katherine Dunham, American dancer, director, educator, activist and author (b. 1909)

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