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On This Day

In 1533, Pope Clement VII excommunicated Henry VIII for his illegal divorce of Catherine of Aragon and subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn.

In 1796, Detroit became a U.S. City under the provisions of the Jay Treaty (it was formerly a British possession).

In 1798, perhaps realizing that they weren't done with war, the U.S. re-established the Marine Corps, which had been disbanded after the Revolutionary War.

In 1804, VP Aaron Burr and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton had their famous duel. Hamilton was wounded and succumbed to his wounds the following day.

In 1864, Confederate forces attempted to invade Washington DC. They have since learned subtler methods, such as election by gerrymandering.

In 1889, Tijuana, Mexico was established.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his major league debut as Red Sox pitcher.

In 1922, the Hollywood Bowl opened.

In 1936, NYC's Triborough Bridge opened.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Born on This Day

1274 – Robert the Bruce, Scottish king (d. 1329)

1694 - Charles-Antoine Coypel, French painter ( d. 1752)

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1754 – Thomas Bowdler, English physician, prude, and philanthropist (d. 1825)

1767 – John Quincy Adams, American politician, 6th President of the United States (d. 1848)

1834 – James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American-English painter (d. 1903)

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1864 - William Frederick Ritschel, German-American painter (d. 1949)

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1882 – James Larkin White, miner, explorer, and park ranger, discovered the Carlsbad Caverns (d. 1946)

1885 - Roger de la Fresnaye, French Cubist-Fauvist painter (d. 1925)

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1886 – Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (d. 1939)

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1892 – Thomas Mitchell, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1962)

1895 – Dorothy Wilde, English-Irish socialite (d. 1941)

1897 – Bull Connor, American police officer (d. 1973)

1899 – E. B. White, American writer (d. 1985)

1910 – Irene Hervey, American actress (d. 1998)

1920 – Yul Brynner, Russian actor (d. 1985)

1929 – Danny Flores, singer-songwriter and saxophonist (The Champs) (d. 2006)

1931 – Tab Hunter, American actor

1934 – Giorgio Armani, Italian fashion designer

1943 – Oscar D'León, Venezuelan bass player (Dimensión Latina)

1949 – Liona Boyd, English-Canadian classical guitarist, called "First Lady of the Guitar"

1953 – Peter Brown, American singer-songwriter and producer

1953 – Leon Spinks, American boxer

1956 – Sela Ward, American actress

1957 – Peter Murphy, English singer and musician (Bauhaus and Dalis Car)

1957 – Michael Rose, Jamaican singer-songwriter (Black Uhuru)

1959 – Richie Sambora, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Bon Jovi)

1959 – Suzanne Vega, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1960 – David Baerwald American singer-songwriter, musician, and composer (David & David)

1963 – Lisa Rinna, American actress (a.k.a. "Lipzilla")

1965 – Scott Shriner, American singer and musician (Weezer)

1971 – Leisha Hailey, American singer-songwriter and actress (Uh Huh Her and The Murmurs)

1973 – Andrew Bird, American singer-songwriter and musician (Squirrel Nut Zippers and Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire)

Died on This Day

1551 – Girolamo Genga, Italian painter and architect (b. 1476)

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1593 – Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Italian painter of creepy portraits done in all vegetables (b. 1527)

1663 – Lubin Baugin, French painter of refreshingly simple and uncluttered still lifes (b. 1612)

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1766 – Elisabeth Farnese, Spanish wife of Philip V of Spain (b. 1692)

1901 – Godfried Guffens, Belgian painter (b. 1823)

1909 – Simon Newcomb, American astronomer and mathematician (b. 1835)

1916 – Rik Wouters, Belgian painter and sculptor (b. 1882)

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1931 – Jean-Louis Forain, French painter (b. 1852)

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1936 – James Murray, American actor (b. 1901)

1937 – George Gershwin, American composer (b. 1898)

1946 – Paul Nash, English Surrealist painter (b. 1889)

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1954 – Albert André, French painter, writer, and museum curator (b. 1869)

1966 – Delmore Schwartz, American poet (b. 1913)

1971 – John W. Campbell, American writer and editor (b. 1910)

1989 – Laurence Olivier,British actor (b. 1907)

2007 – Lady Bird Johnson, American businesswoman, 38th First Lady of the United States (b. 1912)

2010 – Walter Hawkins, American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and pastor (b. 1949)

2011 – Rob Grill, American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Grass Roots) (b. 1943)

2012 – Marion Cunningham, American author (b. 1922)

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