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On This Day

In 1846, poet Elizabeth Barrett eloped with Robert Browning. Her father disinherited her, as he did with any child who had the temerity to marry. She lived more or less happily ever after.

In 1940, in Lascaux, France, some ancient cave paintings were discovered in a cave by an exploring teenager.

In 1953, then-Congressman John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier got married.

In 1964, Canyonlands National Park was created in Utah. It ended up being smaller than it should be thanks to the political process (Republicans?) but there is still hope in some quarters that other portions of the canyon will be protected eventually.

In 1977, Steve Biko, a South African anti-apartheid activist, was killed while in police custody.

In 1994, an intoxicated man named Frank Eugene Corder stole a Cessna 150 and crashed it into the White House Lawn. He was killed in the crash. According to friends, the incident had nothing to do with any animosity towards then-President Clinton.

Born on This Day

1492 – Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino (d. 1519)

1494 – Francis I of France (d. 1547)

1758 - Jacques Albert Senave, Belgian painter (d. 1823)

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1812 – Richard March Hoe, American inventor and industrialist, invented the Rotary printing press (d. 1886)

1818 – Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor, invented the Gatling gun (d. 1903)

1829 - Anselm Feuerbach, German Neoclassical painter (d. 1880)

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1830 - Konstantin Flavitsky, Russian painter (d. 1866)

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1841 - Heinrich Hirt, German painter (d. 1904)

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1846 - Louis Auguste Georges Loustaunau, French painter (d. 1898)

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1852 – H. H. Asquith, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1928)

1855 - Jacobus van Looy, Dutch painter (d. 1930)

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1857 - George Hendrik Breitner, Dutch Impressionist painter and photographer (d. 1923)

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1858 - Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter (d. 1921)

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1862 – Carl Eytel, German-American painter (d. 1925)

1879 - Fausto Agnelli, Italian painter (d. 1944)

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1880 – H. L. Mencken, American journalist and author (d. 1956)

1888 – Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (d. 1972)

1913 – Jesse Owens, American sprinter (d. 1980)

1922 – Ellen Demming, American actress (d. 2002)

1931 – Ian Holm, English actor

1939 – Henry Waxman, American politician

1943 – Maria Muldaur, American singer

1944 – Fred Fay, American activist for disabled rights

1944 – Leonard Peltier, American activist

1944 – Barry White, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2003)

1944 – Colin Young, American singer (The Foundations)

1951 – Ali-Ollie Woodson, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and actor (The Temptations) (d. 2010)

1952 – Gerry Beckley, American singer-songwriter and musician (America)

1952 – Neil Peart, Canadian drummer, songwriter, producer, and author (Rush)

1956 – Barry Andrews, English singer and pianist (XTC, Shriekback, and The League of Gentlemen)

1956 – Sam Brownback, American wingnut politician, 46th Governor of Kansas

1957 – Hans Zimmer, German composer and producer

1966 – Ben Folds, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Ben Folds Five, The Bens, and Fear of Pop)

1968 – Larry LaLonde, American guitarist and songwriter (Primus)

1976 – Bizzy Bone, American rapper, (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Bone Brothers)

1978 – Ruben Studdard, American singer and actor

1981 – Jennifer Hudson, American singer and actress

Died on This Day

1362 – Pope Innocent VI (b. 1295)

1869 – Peter Mark Roget, English physician, theologian, and lexicographer (b. 1779)

1927 – Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer (b. 1847)

1956 – Noël Leslie, Countess of Rothes and Titanic survivor (b. 1878)

1986 – Jacques Henri Lartigue, French photographer (b. 1894)

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1992 – Anthony Perkins, American actor (b. 1932) See Tipple Jar

1993 – Raymond Burr, Canadian actor (b. 1917)

1994 – Tom Ewell, American actor (b. 1909)

1995 – Jeremy Brett, English actor (b. 1933)

2000 – Stanley Turrentine, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1934)

2003 – Johnny Cash, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Highwaymen) (b. 1932)

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