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On This Day

In 1846, astronomer William Lassell discovered Neptune's largest moon, Triton.

In 1871, the Chicago Fire continued burning.

In 1913, construction of the Panama Canal ended.

In 1957, Ghana's finance minister, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, received a formal apology from President Eisenhower after he was refused service at a Delaware restaurant.

In 1971, the London Bridge (the second of three London Bridges) opened on Lake Havasu, Arizona.

In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace after he was charged with income tax evasion.

Born on This Day

1622 - Johannes Lingelbach, German painter (d. 1674)

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1656 - Nicolas de Largillière, French Rococo painter (d. 1746)

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1678 – John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, Scottish soldier (d. 1743)

1684 – Antoine Watteau, French painter (d. 1721)

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1738 - Benjamin West, American painter (d. 1820)

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1786 - Francois-Edouard Picot, French painter (d. 1868)

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1813 – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer (d. 1901)

1850 - Leon-Francois Comerra, painter (d. 1916)

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1890 - Georg Scholz, Danish painter (d. 1945)

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1898 – Lilly Daché, French-American fashion designer (d. 1989)

1900 – Helen Hayes, American actress (d. 1993)

1901 – Alberto Giacometti, Swiss sculptor and painter (d. 1966)

1910 – Julius Shulman, American architectural photographer (d. 2009)

1910 - Ramón Gaya Pomés, Spanish painter (d. 2005)

1914 – Ivory Joe Hunter, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1974)

1915 – Sweets Edison, American trumpet player (Count Basie Orchestra) (d. 1999)

1917 – Thelonious Monk, American pianist and composer (d. 1982)

1923 – Louis Gottlieb, American bass player (The Limeliters) (d. 1996)

1924 – Ludmilla Tchérina, French actress and dancer (d. 2004)

1924 – Ed Wood, American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1978)

1930 – Harold Pinter, English playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)

1941 – Peter Coyote, American actor

1946 – Charles Dance, English actor

1946 – John Prine, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1953 – Midge Ure, Scottish singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Slik, Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, and Ultravox)

1954 – David Lee Roth, American singer-songwriter, and producer (Van Halen)

1959 – Kirsty MacColl, English singer-songwriter (d. 2000)

1959 – Bradley Whitford, American actor

1961 – Martin Kemp, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and actor (Spandau Ballet)

1964 – Daniel Pearl, American journalist (d. 2002)

1967 – Gavin Newsom, American politician, 49th Lieutenant Governor of California

1969 – Brett Favre, American football player

Died on This Day

1708 – David Gregory, Scottish mathematician (b. 1659)

1723 – William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper, English politician (b. 1665)

1800 – Gabriel, American slave rebellion leader (b. 1776)

1874 - Thomas Shotter Boys, English painter and printmaker (b. 1803)

1875 – Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian author, poet, and playwright (b. 1817)

1884 - Johannes Rutten, Dutch painter (b. 1809)

1910 - Willem Maris, Dutch landscape painter (b. 1844)

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1911 – Jack Daniel, American businessman, founded Jack Daniel's (b. 1849)

1913 – Adolphus Busch, German-American brewer and businessman, co-founded Anheuser-Busch (b. 1839)

1964 – Eddie Cantor, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1892)

1982 – Jean Effel, French cartoonist and journalist (b. 1908)

1983 – Ralph Richardson, English actor (b. 1902)

1985 – Yul Brynner, Russian-American actor (b. 1920)

1985 – Orson Welles, American actor, director, scriptwriter, and producer (b. 1915)  See Tipple Jar

2002 – Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)

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2010 – Solomon Burke, American singer-songwriter and preacher (b. 1940)

Today is

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World Porridge Day
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