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On This Day

In 1540, Henry VIII annulled his marriage to wife number four, Anne of Cleves.

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence had another reading, when General Washington ordered it to be read to the troops of the Continental Army.

In 1850, President Zachary Taylor died while in office, of an unknown digestive ailment (there was speculation of poison) and was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.

In 1868, the 14th amendment to the Constitution was ratified, which guarantees full citizenship and the rights thereof to African Americans.

In 1877, the first Wimbledon Championships were held.

In 1896, William Jennings Bryan gave his famous "Cross of Gold" speech at the Democratic National Convention. He supported "bimetalism" (sounds perverted to me!) and decried the gold standard.

In 1995, the last Grateful Dead concert was held in Soldier Field in Chicago.

In 2004, a report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that the CIA had provided faulty and untrue assessments that the Bush Administration relied on to go to war with Iraq. Of course no punitive action was taken.

Born on This Day

1686 – Philip Livingston, American politician (d. 1749)

1744 - François-Guillaume Ménageot, French painter (d. 1816)

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1764 – Ann Radcliffe, English novelist (d. 1823)

1819 – Elias Howe, American inventor, invented the sewing machine (d. 1867)

1828 – Adolf Schreyer, German painter (d. 1899)

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1855 – Jacob Smits, Dutch-Belgian painter (d. 1928)

1887 – James Ormsbee Chapin, American painter and illustrator (d. 1975)

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1901 – Barbara Cartland, prolific English romance novelist (d. 2000)

1911 – Mervyn Peake, English writer and illustrator (d. 1968) (Gormenghast)

1916 – Edward Heath, British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2005)

1927 – Susan Cabot, American actress (d. 1986)

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1928 – Vince Edwards, American actor (d. 1996)

1932 – Donald Rumsfeld, American politician, 13th United States Secretary of Defense

1933 – Oliver Sacks, British-American neurologist and author

1934 – Michael Graves, American architect

1937 – David Hockney, English painter, designer, and photographer

1938 – Brian Dennehy, American actor

1942 – Richard Roundtree, American actor

1945 – Root Boy Slim, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1993)

1946 – Bon Scott, Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter and musician (AC/DC) (d. 1980)

1947 – Mitch Mitchell, English drummer (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Dirty Mac, and The Riot Squad) (d. 2008)

1947 – O. J. Simpson, American football player, actor, accused murderer, felon

1951 – Chris Cooper, American actor

1955 – Lindsey Graham, American politician (R - Closet)

1955 – Jimmy Smits, American actor

1956 – Tom Hanks, American actor

1957 – Marc Almond, English singer-songwriter (Marc and the Mambas, Soft Cell, and The Immaculate Consumptive)

1957 – Kelly McGillis, American actress

1959 – Jim Kerr, Scottish singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Simple Minds)

1964 – Courtney Love, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress (Hole, Pagan Babies, Sugar Babydoll, and Babes in Toyland)

1971 – Marc Andreessen, American software developer, co-founded Netscape

1975 – Isaac Brock, American singer-songwriter and musician (Modest Mouse and Ugly Casanova)

1975 – Jack White, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather)

1976 – Fred Savage, American actor

Died on This Day

1441 - Jan van Eyck, Flemish painter (b. ca. 1390)

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1654 – Ferdinand IV, King of the Romans (b. 1633)

1746 – Philip V of Spain (b. 1683)

1797 – Edmund Burke, English philosopher and statesman (b. 1729)

1828 - Gilbert Stuart, American portrait painter (b. 1755)

1843 - Washington Allston, American painter (b. 1779)

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1927 – John Drew, Jr., American actor (b. 1853)

1929 - Julian Falat, Polish watercolorist (b. 1853)

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1932 – King C. Gillette, American businessman, founded The Gillette Company (b. 1855)

1947 - Augusto Giacometti, Swiss painter and decorative artist (b.1877)

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1959 – Ferenc Talányi, Slovene writer and painter (b. 1883)

1974 – Earl Warren, American jurist and politician, 14th Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1891)

1977 – Alice Paul, American activist (b. 1885)

1979 – Cornelia Otis Skinner, American actress and author (b. 1899)

1984 - Peter Hurd, American painter (b. 1904) (he gets two)

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1992 – Eric Sevareid, American journalist (b. 1912)

1996 – Melvin Belli, American lawyer (b. 1907)

2002 – Rod Steiger, American actor (b. 1925)

2004 – Isabel Sanford, American actress (b. 1917)

2006 – Milan Williams, American keyboardist and producer (Commodores) (b. 1948)

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