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On This Day

In 1858, President James Buchanan and Queen Victoria exchanged greetings via the newly laid trans-Atlantic cable.

In 1861, President Lincoln forbade trading with the Confederate States.

In 1923, Carnegie Steel adopted the 8 hour work day.

In 1954, Sports Illustrated made its debut.

In 1956, at the DNC in Chicago, Adlai Stevenson was nominated for President.

In 1974, The Ramones played their first gig ever at CBGB in New York.

In 1977, Elvis Presley was found dead in his bathroom at Graceland.

In 2012, South African police shot and killed 34 striking mine workers and wounded another 78.

Born on This Day

1557 – Agostino Carracci, Italian painter of a hell of a lot of very NSFW stuff (Renaissance porn!) (d. 1602)

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1592 – Wybrand de Geest, Dutch painter (d. 1659)

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1596 – Frederick V, Elector Palatine, Bohemian king (d. 1632)

1682 – Louis, Dauphin of France, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1712)

1876 – Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator (d. 1942)

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1886 – Angel Zárraga, Mexican painter (d. 1946)

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1888 – T. E. Lawrence, English writer and soldier (d. 1935)

1895 – Liane Haid, Austrian actress (d. 2000)

1896 – Tina Modotti, Italian photographer who allegedly got on the wrong side of Stalin (d. 1942)

1902 – Georgette Heyer, English novelist (d. 1974)

1910 – Mae Clarke, American actress (d. 1992) See Tipple Jar

1913 – Menachem Begin, Israeli politician, 6th Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)

1915 – Al Hibbler, American singer (d. 2001)

1920 – Charles Bukowski, American poet (d. 1994)

1924 – Fess Parker, American actor (d. 2010)

1925 – Willie Jones, American baseball player (d. 1983)

1928 – Ann Blyth, American actress and singer

1928 – Eydie Gormé, American singer (d. 2013)

1928 – Eddie Kirkland, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011)

1929 – Bill Evans, American pianist and composer (d. 1980)

1930 – Robert Culp, American actor (d. 2010)

1933 – Julie Newmar, American actress, singer, and dancer

1934 – Diana Wynne Jones, English author (d. 2011)

1939 – Billy Joe Shaver, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944 – Kevin Ayers, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Soft Machine) (d. 2013)

1946 – Lesley Ann Warren, American actress and singer

1948 – Barry Hay, Indian-Dutch singer (Golden Earring)

1949 – Scott Asheton, American drummer (The Stooges and Sonic's Rendezvous Band)

1949 – Bill Spooner, American guitarist and songwriter (The Tubes)

1957 – Tim Farriss, Australian bass player (INXS)

1958 – Madonna, American singer-songwriter, actress, producer, and director

1958 – Angela Bassett, American actress

1962 – Steve Carell, American actor, comedian, voice artist, producer, writer, and director

Died on This Day

1419 – Wenceslaus, King of the Romans (b. 1361)

1705 – Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and scientist (b. 1654)

1708 – Michel Corneille the Younger, French painter and engraver (b. 1642)

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1835 – Jean-Baptiste Mallet, French painter (b. 1759)

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1837 – William Daniell, British painter and engraver specializing in travel illustrations (b. 1769)

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1888 – John Pemberton, American chemist, inventor of Coca-Cola (b. 1831)

1899 – Robert Bunsen, German chemist (b. 1811)

1938 – Robert Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1911)

1948 – Babe Ruth, American baseball player (b. 1895)

1949 – Margaret Mitchell, American novelist (b. 1900)

1952 – Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)

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1956 – Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor (b. 1882)

1963 – Joan Eardley, Scottish painter (b. 1921)

1973 – Veda Ann Borg, American actress (b. 1915)

1978 – Jean Acker, American actress (b. 1893)

1989 – Amanda Blake, American actress (b. 1929)

1993 – Stewart Granger, English actor (b. 1913)

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1997 – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani singer (b. 1948)

2002 – Abu Nidal, Palestinian militant leader (b. 1937)

2003 – Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator (b. 1928)

2004 – Acquanetta, American actress (b. 1921)

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2005 – Vassar Clements, American fiddler (Old and in the Way) (b. 1928)

2008 – Ronnie Drew, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Dubliners) (b. 1934)

2012 – William Windom, American actor (b. 1923)

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