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On This Day

In 1692, the town of Salem, Massachusetts, executed 5 people for witchcraft.

In 1909, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened for the first time.

In 1945, The August Revolution began in Vietnam, leading to Ho Chi Minh's rise to power.

In 1960, American pilot Francis Gary Powers was found guilty of espionage by a Soviet tribunal.

In 1960, the Soviets launched two dogs into space as part of their Sputnik space program.

In 1964, the Beatles first American tour began in San Francisco.

In 1972, the musical TV show Midnight Special debuted on television, with host Wolfman Jack.

In 2010, "Operation Iraqi Freedom" came to an end as the last U.S. troops crossed the border into Kuwait.

Born on This Day

1596 – Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (d. 1662)

1621 – Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Dutch painter (d. 1674)

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1743 – Madame du Barry, French mistress of Louis XV of France (d. 1793)

1805 – Josef Franz Danhauser, Viennese painter  (d. 1845)

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1829 – Edward Moran, U.S. marine painter (d. 1901)

1848 – Gustave Caillebotte - French painter (d. 1894)

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1860 – John Kane, Scottish-born U.S. primitivist painter (d. 1934)

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1870 – Bernard Baruch, American financier (d. 1965)

1871 – Orville Wright, American aviation pioneer (d. 1948)

1883 – Coco Chanel, French fashion designer, founded the Chanel Company (d. 1971)

1883 – Elsie Ferguson, American actress (d. 1961)

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1890 – Yves Alix, French painter/graphic artist (d. 1969)

1899 - Bradley Walker Tomlin, U.S. abstract expressionist painter (d. 1953)

1900 – Olga Baclanova, Russian actress (d. 1974)

1900 – Colleen Moore, American actress (d. 1988)

1902 – Ogden Nash, American poet (d. 1971)

Lines on Facing Forty
I have a bone to pick with fate,
Come here and tell me girly,
Do you think my mind is maturing late,
Or simply rotting early.
1906 – Philo Farnsworth, American inventor, invented the Fusor (d. 1971)

1906 – June Collyer, American actress (d. 1968)

1915 – Ring Lardner, Jr., American journalist and screenwriter (d. 2000)

1916 – Marie Wilson, American actress (d. 1972)

1918 – Jimmy Rowles, American pianist (d. 1996)

1919 – Malcolm Forbes, American publisher (d. 1990)

1921 – Gene Roddenberry, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1991)

1933 – Debra Paget, American actress and entertainer

1934 – Renée Richards, American physician and tennis player

1938 – Diana Muldaur, American actress

1939 – Ginger Baker, English drummer and songwriter (Cream, Blind Faith, Blues Incorporated, and Atomic Rooster)

1940 – Johnny Nash, American singer-songwriter and actor

1940 – Jill St. John, American actress

1943 – Billy J. Kramer, English singer

1945 – Ian Gillan, English singer-songwriter (Deep Purple, Episode Six, and WhoCares)

1946 – Bill Clinton, American politician, 42nd President of the United States

1948 – Gerald McRaney, American actor

1948 – Tipper Gore, American author and photographer, co-founded the Parents Music Resource Center

1951 – John Deacon, English bass player and songwriter (Queen)

1952 – Jonathan Frakes, American actor and director

1953 – Mary Matalin, American political consultant

1963 – John Stamos, American actor and singer

1965 – Kyra Sedgwick, American actress

1968 – Mark McGuinn, American singer-songwriter

1969 – Nate Dogg, American rapper and actor (213) (d. 2011)

Died on This Day

1580 – Andrea Palladio, Italian architect (b. 1508)

1646 - Francesco Furini, Italian painter (b. 1604)

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1650 - Abraham de Verwer, Dutch painter (b. 1585)

1657 - Frans Snyders, Flemish painter (b. 1579)

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1782 - Francesco de Mura, Italian painter (b. 1696)

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1883 – Jeremiah S. Black, American lawyer and politician, 24th United States Attorney General (b. 1810)

1891 - Theodor Aman, Romanian painter (b. 1831)

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1895 – John Wesley Hardin, American outlaw and gunfighter (b. 1853)

1905 - William-Adolphe Bouguereau, French painter  (b. 1825)

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1929 – Sergei Diaghilev, Russian critic and producer, founded Ballets Russes (b. 1872)

1932 - Louis Anquetin, French painter (b. 1861)

1936 – Federico García Lorca, Spanish author (b. 1898)

1947 - Oskar Moll, German painter (b. 1875)

1957 – David Bomberg, English painter (b. 1890)

1959 – Blind Willie McTell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1901)

1976 – Alastair Sim, Scottish actor (b. 1900)

1979 – Dorsey Burnette, American singer-songwriter (The Rock and Roll Trio) (b. 1932)

1981 – Jessie Matthews, English actress (b. 1907)

1994 – Linus Pauling, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)

2012 – Tony Scott, English director and producer (b. 1944)

Today is

National Aviation Day (United States)
Vinalia (Roman Empire - celebrating the wine harvest)
World Humanitarian Day (International)
National Potato Day
Hot and Spicy Food Day
National Soft Ice Cream Day
Cupcake Day (3rd Monday)

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