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In 1769, Father Junipero Serra founded a mission in Southern California called Mission San Diego de Acala. It eventually grew into the city of San Diego.

In 1790, Washington DC was established as the U.S. Capitol.

In 1935, Oklahoma City introduced the first parking meter. If they only had one, how did they induce people to park in that spot?

In 1945, in Alamagordo, New Mexico, the Manhattan Project detonated a nuclear weapon, an event that signaled the beginning of the Atomic Age.

In 1951, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, was first published.

In 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

In 1979, Saddam Hussein became President of Iraq, replacing the ailing Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr. He had been in control prior to that, but this made it official.

In 1999, JFK Jr., his wife, and his sister-in-law, all died when his plane crashed into the Atlantic near Martha's Vineyard.

In 2004, Millennium Park in Chicago opened.

In 2004, Martha Stewart was sentenced to prison for a crime that a male would probably have gotten away with.

Born on This Day

1719 - Gerrit Zegelaar, Dutch painter (d. 1794)

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1722 – Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (d. 1803)

1723 – Joshua Reynolds, English painter (d. 1792)

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1796 – Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French painter (d. 1875)

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1804 - Adrien Dauzats, French landscape and genre painter (d. 1868)

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1821 – Mary Baker Eddy, American writer, founder of Christian Science (d. 1910)

1830 - Charles Meer Webb, British artist (d.1895)

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1862 – Ida B. Wells, American civil rights activist (d. 1931) She refused to give up her seat (on a train) 71 years before Rosa Parks.

1866 - Ludovico Tommasi, Italian painter (d. 1941)

1872 – Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer (d. 1928)

1888 – Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player (d. 1951)

1902 – Mary Philbin, American actress (d. 1993)

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1907 – Orville Redenbacher, American farmer and businessman (d. 1995)

1907 – Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (d. 1990)

1911 – Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer (d. 1995)

1911 – Sonny Tufts, American actor (d. 1970)

1924 – Bess Myerson, American model, became the first Jewish Miss America in 1945.

1925 – Cal Tjader, American musician and bandleader (d. 1982)

1939 – Corin Redgrave, English actor and activist (d. 2010)

1941 – Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1946 – Barbara Lee, American politician

1948 – Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1952 – Stewart Copeland, American drummer (The Police, Curved Air, Klark Kent)

1953 – Douglas J. Feith, American wingnut politician

1956 – Tony Kushner, American playwright

1958 – Michael Flatley, Irish-American dancer, choreographer, and actor

1958 – Pierre Roland Renoir, Monaco-Canadian painter

1958 – Mike D. Rogers, Alabaman politician (R-Wingnuttia)

1963 – Phoebe Cates, American actress

1967 – Will Ferrell, American comedian and actor

1969 – Rain Pryor, American actress

1971 – Corey Feldman, American actor and singer

1971 – Ed Kowalczyk, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Live)

1973 – Tim Ryan, American congresscritter (D-OH)

1974 – Jeremy Enigk, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft)

1974 – Ryan McCombs, American singer-songwriter and musician (Soil and Drowning Pool)

Died on This Day

1546 – Anne Askew, English poet and Protestant martyr (b. 1521)

1557 – Anne of Cleves (b. 1515), 4th wife of Henry VIII

1747 – Giuseppe Crespi, Italian painter (b. 1665)

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1770 – Francis Cotes, English painter (b. 1726)

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1833 - Pierre-Narcisse Guerin, painter (b. 1774)

1882 – Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, 17th First Lady of the United States (b. 1818)

1887 - Nicaise de Keyser, Flemish painter (b. 1813)

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1910 - Albert Anker, Swiss painter (b. 1831)

1924 - Marius Borgeaud, Swiss painter (b. 1861)

1937 - John Melhuish Strudwick, British Pre-Raphaelite painter (b. 1849)

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1949 - Arthur Wardle, British Classicist painter (b. 1864)

1953 – Hilaire Belloc, English-French writer (b. 1870)

1981 – Harry Chapin, American singer-songwriter and musician (b. 1942)

1991 – Robert Motherwell, American painter (b. 1915)

1995 - Patsy Ruth Miller, silent film actress (b. 1904)

2003 – Celia Cruz, Cuban singer (b. 1924)

2012 – Bob Babbitt, American bass player (The Funk Brothers) (b. 1937)

2012 – Stephen Covey, American businessman and author (b. 1932)

2012 – Jon Lord, English singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer (Deep Purple, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men) (b. 1941)

2012 – Kitty Wells, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1919)

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