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On This Day

In 1848, Oregon became a U.S. Territory.

In 1893, France instituted the first motor vehicle registration program.

In 1935, FDR signed the Social Security Act, which at that time only covered white males.

In 1945, Japan formally surrendered, bringing World War 2 to an end.

In 1969, British troops were sent to Northern Ireland to support the Royal Ulster Constabulary handling the sectarian violence occurring there.

In 1971, Rod Stewart's single, Maggy May was released.

In 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened at the USA Theatre in Los Angeles.

In 1996, Bob Dole and his running mate Jack Kemp got the Presidential nomination at the RNC in San Diego.

In 1997, terrorist Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for masterminding and carrying out the Oklahoma City bombing.

In 2003, a should-have-been small systems failure at FirstEnergy in Ohio ended up causing a major blackout that affected parts of the Midwest, Northeast, and Canada. Power was gradually restored over the next several days, with almost everything restored by the 19th. Most was restored within 24 hours.

Born on This

1473 – Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (d. 1541)

1502 – Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Flemish painter (d. 1550)

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1688 – Josef van Bredael, Flemish artist (d. 1739)

1714 – Claude Joseph Vernet, French painter (d. 1789)

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1740 – Pope Pius VII (d. 1823)

1758 – Carle Vernet, French painter (d. 1835)

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1814 – Adolph Tidemand, Dutch painter (d. 1876)

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1817 – Lodewijk-Johannes Kleijn, Dutch painter (d. 1897)

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1838 – Willem Johannes Martens, Dutch painter (d. 1895)

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1840 – Briton Rivière, British painter (d. 1920)

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1851 – Doc Holliday, American gambler and dentist (d. 1887)

1856 – Pietro Fragiacomo, Italian painter (d. 1922)

1867 – John Galsworthy, English novelist and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1933)

1870 – Georges d'Espagnat, French painter (d. 1950)

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1906 – Horst P. Horst, photographer (d. 1999)

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1910 – Dorothy Van Engle, African American film star (d. 2004)

1912 – Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (d. 1985)

1914 – Andrea Leeds, American actress (d. 1984)

1925 – Russell Baker, American writer

1926 – Alice Ghostley, American actress (d. 2007)

1941 – Lynne Cheney, wife of a boil on the butt of American society

1941 – David Crosby, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

1945 – Steve Martin, American actor, singer, writer, and producer

1945 – Wim Wenders, German director, screenwriter, and producer

1946 – Larry Graham, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station)

1946 – Susan Saint James, American actress

1947 – Maddy Prior, English singer (Steeleye Span, Silly Sisters, and The Carnival Band)

1947 – Danielle Steel, American novelist

1948 – Terry Adams, American pianist and composer (NRBQ)

1950 – Gary Larson, American cartoonist

1951 – Slim Dunlap, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Replacements)

1959 – Marcia Gay Harden, American actress

1959 – Magic Johnson, American basketball player

1960 – Sarah Brightman, English soprano, songwriter, and actress

1966 – Halle Berry, American model and actress

1974 – Ana Matronic, American singer-songwriter (Scissor Sisters)

1983 – Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-American actress

1987 – Tim Tebow, American football player

Died on This Day

1040 – Duncan I of Scotland (b. 1001)

1464 – Pope Pius II (b. 1405)

1603 – Lodewijk Toeput, Flemish painter (b. 1550)

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1625 – Hans Rottenhammer, German painter (b. 1564)

1784 – Nathaniel Hone the Elder, Irish painter (b. 1718)

1891 – Sarah Childress Polk, American wife of James K. Polk, 12th First Lady of the United States (b. 1803)

1905 – Simeon Solomon, English painter (b. 1840)

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1951 – William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founded the Hearst Corporation (b. 1863)

1956 – Bertolt Brecht, German writer (b. 1898)

1964 – Johnny Burnette, American singer-songwriter (The Rock and Roll Trio) (b. 1934)

1972 – Oscar Levant, American actor (b. 1906)

1985 – Gale Sondergaard, American actress (b. 1899)

1988 – Roy Buchanan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist  (b. 1939)

1988 – Robert Calvert, South African singer-songwriter and poet (Hawkwind) (b. 1945)

1992 – John Sirica, American judge (b. 1904)

1996 - Camilla Horn, German Actress (b. 1903) (See Tipple Jar)

2002 – Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)

2002 – Larry Rivers, U.S. painter (b. 1923)

2006 – Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)

2012 – Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (b. 1919)

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V-J Day (or the 15th, or 9/2)

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