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On This Day

In 41, Evil Roman emperor Caligula was murdered by his Praetorian Guard, and his uncle Claudius installed in his place.

In 1848, the California Gold Rush started when James W. Marshall found gold at Sutter's Mill.

In 1908, Robert Baden-Powell organized the first Boy Scout troop.

In 1924, Russia's St. Petersburg got renamed Leningrad in honor of Vladimir Lenin.

In 1972, the Supreme Court struck down some state laws denying welfare benefits to with less that a year's residence in that state.

In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security became an official thing upon the swearing in of Tom Ridge as Secretary.

Born on This Day

76 – Hadrian, Roman Emperor and wall builder (d. 138)

1544 - Gillis van Coninxloo, Flemish painter (d. 1607)

1670 – William Congreve, English playwright (d. 1729)

1705 – Farinelli, Italian castrato (d. 1782)

1836 - Gioacchino Toma, Italian painter (d. 1891)

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1848 – Vasily Surikov, Russian painter (d. 1916)

1862 – Edith Wharton, American writer (d. 1937)

1864 – Marguerite Durand, French suffragette (d. 1936)

1872 – Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (d. 1943)

1883 - Estelle Winwood, English actress (d. 1984)

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1907 – Tuts Washington, American pianist (d. 1984)

1909 – Ann Todd, English actress (d. 1993)

1915 – Robert Motherwell, American painter (d. 1991)

1917 – Ernest Borgnine, American actor (d. 2012)

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1918 – Oral Roberts, American evangelist (d. 2009)

1924 – Joe Albany, American jazz pianist (d. 1988)

1925 – Maria Tallchief, American ballerina (d. 2013)

1936 – Doug Kershaw, American musician

1936 – Bobby Wellins, Scottish jazz saxophonist

1939 – Ray Stevens, American singer-songwriter

1941 – Neil Diamond, American singer

1941 – Aaron Neville, American singer (Neville Brothers)

1943 – Sharon Tate, American actress and Manson murder victim (d. 1969)

1944 – Klaus Nomi, German singer (d. 1983)

1945 – John Garamendi, American politician

1947 – Warren Zevon, American musician (d. 2003)

1949 – John Belushi, American actor (d. 1982)

1958 – Jools Holland, English keyboard player (Squeeze)

1961 – Nastassja Kinski, German-born actress

1967 – Mark Kozelek, American singer/songwriter (Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon)

1971 – Andrea Mackris, American television producer who is "She Who Shall Not be Named" in Bill O'Reilly's world.

Died on This Day

1665 - Carel van Savoyen, Dutch painter (b.1621)

1890 - Anton Hartinger, Austrian painter (b. 1806)

1914 - Adolf Eberle, German genre painter (b. 1843)

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1915 - Carl Haag, German orientalist painter (b. 1820)

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1920 – Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor (b. 1884)

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1950 - Bull Montana, actor and wrestler (b. 1887)

1962 – André Lhote, French painter (b. 1885)

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1965 – Winston Churchill, soldier, politician, historian, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Nobel laureate (b. 1874) also a painter

1973 – J. Carrol Naish, American actor (b. 1897)

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1979 - Mabel Taliaferro, American stage and silent film actress (b. 1887)

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1980 – Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (b. 1887)

1983 – George Cukor, American film director (b. 1899)

1986 – L. Ron Hubbard, American writer and founder of Scientology (b. 1911)

1989 – Ted Bundy, American serial killer (b. 1946)

1990 – Madge Bellamy, American actress (b. 1899)

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1993 – Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1908)

1995 - Victor Reinganum, English artist and illustrator (b. 1907)

2006 – Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers (b. 1914)

2006 – Chris Penn, American actor (b. 1965)

2010 – Pernell Roberts, American actor & singer, last surviving star of Bonanza (b. 1928)

2012 – James Farentino, American actor (b. 1938)

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