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What do you think was in the 18 1/2 minutes that were erased from the Watergate tapes?
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On This Day

In 1214, the University of Oxford was chartered.

In 1837, Victoria became Queen of England.

In 1840, Samuel Morse patented the telegraph.

In 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state.

In 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of murder.

In 1972, Rose Mary Woods created an 18 1/2 minute gap in the Watergate tapes. Accidentally, of course!

Born On This Day

1005 – Ali az-Zahir, Egyptian caliph (d. 1036)

1615 - Salvator Rosa, Italian painter (d. 1673)

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1642 – George Hickes, English theologian and writer (d. 1715)

1717 – Jacques Saly, French sculptor (d. 1776)

1763 – Wolfe Tone, Irish patriot (d. 1798)

1819 – Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (d. 1880)

1829 - Konstantin Makovsky, Russian painter (d. 1915)

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1832 - Léon Bazile Perrault, French genre, portrait, and historical painter  (d. 1908)

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1833 - Léon Bonnat, French painter (d. 1922)

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1869 - Lucy Kemp-Welch, British painter specializing in horses (d. 1958)

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1870 – Georges Dufrénoy, French painter (d. 1943)

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1887 – Kurt Schwitters, German artist and writer (d. 1948)

1907 – Jimmy Driftwood, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1998)

1909 – Errol Flynn, Australian actor (d. 1959)

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1911 – Gail Patrick, American actress (d. 1980)

1920 – Thomas Jefferson, American trumpeter

1924 – Chet Atkins, American musician, songwriter, and producer (d. 2001)

1928 – Eric Dolphy, American musician, bandleader, and composer (d. 1964)

1928 – Jean-Marie Le Pen, racist and anti-Semite French politician

1931 – Olympia Dukakis, American actress

1942 – Brian Wilson, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (The Beach Boys)

1946 – André Watts, American pianist and educator

1947 – Dolores "LaLa" Brooks, American-English singer-songwriter (The Crystals)

1947 – Candy Clark, American actress

1949 – Alan Longmuir, Scottish bassist and actor (Bay City Rollers)

1949 – Lionel Richie, American singer-songwriter, musician, producer, and actor (Commodores)

1952 – John Goodman, American actor

1960 – John Taylor, English musician, songwriter, producer, and actor (Duran Duran)

1967 – Nicole Kidman, Australian-American actress

1968 – Robert Rodriguez, American director

1971 – Jeordie White, American singer-songwriter and musician (A Perfect Circle)

1973 – Chino Moreno, American singer-songwriter and musician (Deftones, Team Sleep, and Crosses)

Died on This Day

537 – Silverius, pope of Rome

1605 – Feodor II of Russia (b. 1589)

1705 - Michiel van Musscher, Dutch painter (d. 1645)

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1820 – Manuel Belgrano, Argentine general and politician (b. 1770)

1840 – Pierre Claude François Daunou, French statesman (b. 1761)

1840 - Pierre Joseph Redouté, French botanical illustrator (b. 1759)

1882 - Auguste François Biard, French genre painter (b. 1799)

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1906 – John Clayton Adams, English artist (b. 1840)

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1947 – Bugsy Siegel, American mobster (b. 1906)

1984 – Estelle Winwood, English actress (b. 1883)

1997 – Lawrence Payton, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Four Tops) (b. 1938)

2006 – Claydes Charles Smith, American musician (Kool & the Gang) (b. 1948)

2009 – Neda Agha-Soltan, Iranian student and protester (b. 1982)

2012 – LeRoy Neiman, American painter (b. 1921)

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