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On This Day

In 337, Constantine I was succeeded as emperor by his sons, Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans I. Such imagination! I wonder if he had a daughter named Constance?

In 1739, a slave rebellion in South Carolina (then a British Colony) erupted. Called the Stono Rebellion, or Cato's Conspiracy, it was eventually put down by white militias, and led to laws that further oppressed slaves, like restricting their right to assemble, their right to education, and their right to move about freely. They also made it so owners needed legislative approval to free any slave.

In 1850, California became the 31st state.

In 1924, striking Filipino sugar workers and police in Hawaii battled, resulting in the deaths of 16 strikers and 4 policemen. This was called the Hanapēpē Massacre. It was not unusual for labor disputes to turn violent (usually caused by the management side) in those days.

In 1926, NBC was formed.

In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

In 1965, Hurricane Betsy made landfall near New Orleans, causing widespread damage that exceeded $1 billion in damages.

In 1971, rioting broke out at Attica Prison in New York, lasting 4 days and resulting in 39 deaths.

In 2011, a PG&E-owned pipeline in San Bruno, CA exploded, killing 8 people, injuring 58, and destroying 35 houses (plus 3, if you count the ones that had to be demolished afterward). The fire burned well into the following day.

Born on This Day

1585 – Cardinal Richelieu, French clergyman and statesman (d. 1642)

1700 – Princess Anna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (d. 1780)

1711 – Thomas Hutchinson, American historian and politician (d. 1780)

1735 - Charles Lepeintre, French painter (d. 1803)

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1737 – Luigi Galvani, Italian physician and physicist (d. 1798)

1758 - Alexander Nasmyth, British painter (d. 1840)

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1767 - Thomas Bardwell, English painter and writer (b. 1704)

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1828 – Leo Tolstoy, Russian author (d. 1910)

1839 – Devil Anse Hatfield, Patriarch of Hatfield Family (d. 1921)

1890 – Colonel Sanders, American businessman, founded KFC (d. 1980)

1894 – Arthur Freed, American film producer and composer (d. 1973)

1899 – Neil Hamilton, American actor (d. 1984)

1901 – James Blades, English percussionist (d. 1999)

1923 – Cliff Robertson, American actor (d. 2011)

1924 – Jane Greer, American actress (d. 2001)

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1927 – Elvin Jones, American drummer (d. 2004)

1928 – Sol LeWitt, American painter and photographer (d. 2007)

1932 – Sylvia Miles, American actress

1941 – Otis Redding, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1967)

1942 – Danny Kalb, American guitarist (Blues Project)

1945 – Dee Dee Sharp, American singer

1946 – Doug Ingle, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Iron Butterfly)

1946 – Bruce Palmer, Canadian bass player (Buffalo Springfield and The Mynah Birds) (d. 2004)

1948 – Pamela Des Barres, famous groupie and author

1950 – John McFee, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Doobie Brothers and Southern Pacific)

1952 – Angela Cartwright, American actress

1952 – David A. Stewart, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Eurythmics, The Tourists)

1960 – Hugh Grant, English actor and producer

1963 – Chris Coons, American politician

1972 – Goran Višnjić, Croatian actor

1975 – Michael Bublé, Canadian singer-songwriter and actor

1980 – Michelle Williams, American actress

Died on This Day

1087 – William the Conqueror, King of England and Duke of Normandy (b. 1028)

1569 – Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Flemish painter (b. 1525)

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1596 – Anna Jagiellon, Polish queen (b. 1523)

1626 - Abraham Govaerts, Flemish painter (b. 1589)

1688 - Claude Mellan, French draftsman, engraver, and painter, born on 23 May 1598

1815 – John Singleton Copley, American painter (b. 1738)

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1901 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter (b. 1864) See Tipple Jar

1934 – Roger Fry, English artist and critic (b. 1866)

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1966 - Leon de Smet, Belgian painter (b. 1881)

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1976 – Mao Zedong, Chinese politician (b. 1893)

1997 – Burgess Meredith, American actor (b. 1907)

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1999 – Ruth Roman, American actress (b. 1922)

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Today is

Chrysanthemum Day or Kiku no Sekku (Japan)
Weinerschnitzel Day
Teddy Bear Day
Wonderful Weirdos Day
National “I Love Food” Day
National Boss/Employee Exchange Day

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