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On This Day

In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne's successful novel, Around the World in 80 Days, investigative journalist Nellie Bly got her editor to sponsor her attempt to travel around the world in fewer than 80 days. She succeed admirably, finishing in seventy-two days, beating another woman journalist from a competing paper who attempted the journey at the same time, but in the opposite direction.

In 1910, pilot Eugene Ely performed the first airplane take-off from the deck of a ship, using a makeshift platform constructed for the purpose. The ship was the USS Birmingham, and he was flying a Curtiss pusher. He later performed the first successful shipboard landing, as well.

In 1969, NASA launched Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the Moon.

In 1973, a royal wedding hogged the headlines again as Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey.

In 1991, American and British authorities announced they were indicting two Libyan intelligence officers suspected in the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103.

Born on This Day

1719 – Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's father (d. 1787)

1740 – Johann van Beethoven, Ludwig van Beethoven's father and first teacher (d. 1792)

1829 - Hendrik Dirk Kruseman van Elten, Dutch landscape painter (d. 1904)

1840 – Claude Monet, French painter (d. 1926)

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1852 - Antonio Mancini, Italian painter (d.1930)

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1863 – Leo Baekeland, Belgian-American chemist who invented Bakelite, a favorite material of mine. (d. 1944)

1878 – Julie Manet, French painter, daughter of Berthe Morisot and niece of Edouard Manet  (her father was his brother, Eugene). (d. 1966)

1883 - Louis Marcoussis, Polish-French cubist painter (d. 1941)

1885 - Sonia Delaunay, Ukranian-born French painter, wife of Robert Delaunay (d. 1979)

1889 – Jawaharlal Nehru, First Prime Minister of India (d. 1964)

1895 – Louise Huff, American actress (d. 1973)

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1896 – Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (d. 1979)

1899 - Francois Barraud, painter (d. 1934)

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1900 – Aaron Copland, American composer (d. 1990)

1904 – Dick Powell, American actor (d. 1963)

1906 – Louise Brooks, American actress, dancer, movie historian and style icon (d. 1985) See Tipple Jar

1908 – Joseph McCarthy, American witchfinder general politician, recently reincarnated as Ted Cruz. (d. 1957)

1912 – Barbara Hutton, American socialite (d. 1979)

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1919 – Veronica Lake, American actress with the famous hair (d. 1973)

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1936 – Freddie Garrity, English singer (Freddie and the Dreamers) (d. 2006) (Do the Freddie!)

1936 – Cornell Gunter, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 1990)

1947 – P. J. O'Rourke, American writer

1947 – Buckwheat Zydeco, American zydeco musician

1948 – Charles, Prince of Wales

1954 – Condoleezza Rice, American educator, diplomat and 66th United States Secretary of State

1954 – Anson Funderburgh, blues guitar player and band leader

1959 – Paul McGann, British actor

1967 – Nina Gordon, American singer-songwriter (Veruca Salt)

1970 – Brendan Benson, American musician (The Raconteurs)

Died on This Day

1263 – Alexander Nevsky, Russian saint (b. 1220)

1540 - Rosso Fiorentino, Italian painter (b. 1495)

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1625 - Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Italian painter and sculptor (b. 1574)

1687 – Nell Gwynne, English mistress of Charles II of England (b. 1650)

1691 – Tosa Mitsuoki, Japanese painter (b. 1617)

1734 – Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, French-born mistress of Charles II of England (b. 1649)

1797 - Januarius Zick, German painter (b. 1730)

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1852 - Pavel Fedotov, Russian painter (b. 1815)

1857 - Cornelis Kruseman, Dutch painter (b. 1797)

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1884 - Frederick William Hulme, English landscape painter (b. 1816)

1908 - Lorenzo Delleani, Italian painter (b. 1840)

1915 – Booker T. Washington, American educator and activist (b. 1856)

1951 - Frank Weston Benson, American Impressionist painter, etcher, and teacher (b. 1862)

1974 – Johnny Mack Brown, American actor (b. 1904)

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1995 – Jack Finney, American author (b. 1911)

2002 – Eddie Bracken, American film actor (b. 1915)

2003 – Gene Anthony Ray, American actor (b. 1962)

Today is

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