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In 1707, the last known eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan occurred.

In 1773, the original Tea Party took place in Boston when members of the colonist's rights group, the Sons of Liberty, dressed up as Mohawk Indians, and proceeded to toss overboard hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor in protest against the Tea Act. (I wonder if the fish in the harbor got a buzz from the caffeine?)

In 1811, the area around New Madrid, Missouri was struck by two major earthquake, first in a series of four. An estimated 7.2 to 8.0 magnitude, they did little damage only because the area at the time was sparsely populated.  The same events today would be cataclysmic. Seismologists are now divided as to whether any danger of another such event occurring on that fault remains today. One hopes not, since many homes and buildings in the area are unreinforced masonry.

In 1968, the Second Vatican Council officially revoked the Alhambra Decree (aka the Edict of Expulsion), which forced all Jews living in Spain to leave the country back in 1492. This edict was the brainchild of Ferdinand and Isabella, those same monarch who financed the slaver Christopher Columbus on his journey to 'Murka. Not surprisingly, they were ordered to leave any money behind.

In 1997, 685 Japanese children allegedly had seizures induced by an episode of Pokemon. In 2011, millions of Americans were seized with fits of mirth when Herman Cain quoted Pokemon.

In 2012, a group of slimy turds gang raped and beat a young woman on a Delhi (India) bus. Even the bus driver joined in. The woman died of her extremely horrendous injuries 13 days later. There was a huge public outcry (while this sort of thing continued to happen and is still happening). The six men were arrested, one died (suicide or murder?) in jail before the trial, the minor was sentenced to 3 years, and the rest were sentenced to death by hanging.

Born on This Day

1485 – Catherine of Aragon, first in a series of six wives of Henry VIII of England (d. 1536) (collect them all!) painting by Michel Sittow

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1534 - Hans Bol, Flemish mannerist painter (d. 1593)

1597 - Pieter Deneyn (or de Neyn), Dutch landscape painter (d. 1639)

1668 - Constantijn Netscher, Dutch painter (d. 1723)

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1751 - Franz Schüz, German painter (d. 1781)

1775 – Jane Austen, English writer (d. 1817)

1832 - Jules Worms, French genre painter (d. 1924)

1861 – Antonio de La Gandara, French painter (d. 1917)

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1863 – George Santayana, Spanish philosopher and writer (d. 1952)

1866 – Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-born French abstract painter (d. 1944)

1899 – Sir Noël Coward, English playwright, actor and composer (d. 1973)

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1901 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (d. 1978)

1907 – Barbara Kent, Canadian-born American silent film actress (d. 2011)

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1908 - Remedios Varo, Spanish/Mexican painter (d. 1963)

1910 - Egill Jacobsen, Danish painter (d. 1998)

1915 – Turk Murphy, American trombonist (d. 1987)

1916 – Birgitta Valberg, Swedish actress

1928 – Philip K. Dick, American writer (d. 1982)

1936 – Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center

1937 - Edward Ruscha, U.S. Pop artist

1943 – Tony Hicks, English guitarist (The Hollies)

1951 – Robben Ford, American guitarist

1961 – Bill Hicks, American comedian (d. 1994)

1963 – Benjamin Bratt, American actor (See Tipple Jar)

1967 – Miranda Otto, Australian actress

1979 – Flo Rida, American rapper and singer

Died on This Day

1698 - Simone Pignoni, Italian painter (b. 1611)

1853 - Johann Peter Hasenclever, German genre painter (b. 1810)

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1907 - Fritz Beinke, German genre painter (b. 1842)

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1935 – Thelma Todd, American actress (b. 1905)

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1937 - Glyn Warren Philpot, British portrait painter (b. 1884)

1948 – Denham Fouts, American gigolo and socialite (b. 1914)

1956 – Nina Hamnett, Welsh artist (but more often artist's model) (b. 1890)

1965 – W. Somerset Maugham, English writer (b. 1874)

1980 – Colonel Sanders, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1890)

1989 – Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (b. 1930)

1989 – Aileen Pringle, American actress (b. 1895)

1997 – Nicolette Larson, American singer (b. 1952)

2001 – Stuart Adamson, English-born Scottish musician (The Skids, Big Country) (b. 1958)

2007 – Dan Fogelberg, American singer/songwriter (b. 1951)

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