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On This Day

In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1820, the first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society (a coalition made up mostly of evangelicals and Quakers who supported abolition but who did not wish to socialize or interact with free blacks – in other words, racists) departed New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.

In 1899, the Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, was ratified by the Senate, ending the Spanish-American War.

In 1900, the international arbitration court at The Hague was created when the Senate of the Netherlands ratified an 1899 peace conference decree.

In 1918, the Representation of the People Act 1918 was passed in the U.K., giving women over the age of 30 who met minimum property qualifications the right to vote. It was not until 1928 that the right was extended to all women over 21 with no property requirements.

In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution went into effect. It moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.

In 1952, Elizabeth II became Queen of England on the death of her father, George VI.

In 1998, Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport, though most people I know refuse to call it that.

Born on This Day

1577 – Beatrice Cenci, Italian noblewoman (d. 1599)

1613 - Gaspar van Eyck, Flemish marine painter (d. 1673)

1636 - Heiman Dullaert, Dutch painter (d. 1684)

1665 – Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland (d. 1714)

1695 – Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1726)

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

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1756 – Aaron Burr, American politician and 3rd Vice President of the United States (d. 1836)

1772 – Karl von Kügelgen, German landscape and history painter (d. 1832)

1800 – Achille Devéria, French painter and lithographer (d. 1857)

1819 - Baldassare Verazzi, Italian painter (d. 1886)

1833 – James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart, American Civil War figure (d. 1864)

1838 – Sir Henry Irving, British actor (d. 1905)

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1851 - Bartolomeo Bezzi, Italian painter (d. 1923)

1856 - Gerard Jozef Portielje, Belgian genre painter (d. 1929)

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1866 - Vladislav Podkowinski, Polish painter and illustrator (d. 1895)

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1879 – Othon Friesz, French artist (d. 1949)

1882 - Aleksandra Ekser, Russian painter (d. 1949)

1895 – Babe Ruth, American baseball player (d. 1948)

1895 - Franz Radziwill, German surrealist painter (d. 1983)

1899 – Ramón Novarro, Mexican actor (d. 1968)

1901 – Ben Lyon, American actor (d. 1979) See Tipple Jar

1911 – Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States and false idol  (d. 2004)

1912 – Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler (d. 1945)

1914 – Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor with a great name (d. 2005)

1917 – Zsa Zsa Gábor, Hungarian-born actress

1931 – Rip Torn, American actor

1931 – Mamie Van Doren, American actress

1932 – François Truffaut, French film director (d. 1984)

1940 – Tom Brokaw, American news anchorman

1941 – Gigi Perreau, American actress

1942 – Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist

1945 – Bob Marley, Jamaican musician (d. 1981)

1946 – Kate McGarrigle, Canadian singer and songwriter (d. 2010)

1946 – Richie Hayward, American drummer (The Bedbugs, Little Feat) (d. 2010)

1947 – Bill Staines, American folk singer and songwriter

1951 – Huw Lloyd-Langton, English guitarist (Hawkwind and Widowmaker) (d. 2012)

1955 – Michael Pollan, American journalist (“The Omnivore’s Dilemma”)

1957 – Robert Townsend, American actor/filmmaker (To get his film Hollywood Shuffle made, he had to run up all of his own credit cards, because black people weren't, and often still aren't, considered bankable in Hollywood.)

1958 – Cecily Adams, American actress (d. 2004)

1962 – W. Axl Rose, American singer (Guns N' Roses)

1966 – Rick Astley, British singer

And…. ::: drum roll please ::: our very own slksfca turns 29 today! Again. ;-)

Died on This Day

1685 – King Charles II of England (b. 1630)

1941 - Maximilien Luce, French painter (b. 1858)

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1783 – Capability Brown, English landscape gardener (b. 1716)

1806 – Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, French brigadier general (the first person of color in France to rise to that rank) and father of author Alexandre Dumas (b. 1762)

1816 - Gerrit Malleyn, Dutch painter (b. 1753)

1859 - Benno Friedrich Tormer, German painter (b. 1804)

1908 - Jan Frederik Pieter Portielje, Dutch painter (b. 1829)

1918 – Gustav Klimt, Austrian painter (b. 1862)

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1923 - José Navarro Llorens, Spanish painter (b. 1867)

1931 – Motilal Nehru, Indian Leader (b.1861)

1938 – Marianne von Werefkin, Russian-Swiss painter (b. 1860)

1938 - George Auriol, French artist and graphic designer (b. 1863)

1839 - François-Louis-Thomas Francia, French painter (b. 1772)

1847 - Robert Léopold Leprince, French landscape painter (b. 1800)

1976 – Vince Guaraldi, American musician (b. 1928)

1989 – Barbara W. Tuchman, American historian (b. 1912)

1991 – Danny Thomas, American singer, comedian, and actor (b. 1914)

1991 - Natalie Kingston, silent film actress (b. 1905)

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1993 – Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (b. 1943)

1994 – Joseph Cotten, American actor (b. 1905)

1994 – Jack Kirby, American comic book writer (b. 1917)

1995 - Maruja Mallo, Spanish surrealist painter (b. 1902)

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1996 – Guy Madison, American actor (b. 1922)

1998 – Falco, Austrian singer (b. 1957)

2011 – Gary Moore, Irish musician (Skid Row and Thin Lizzy) (b. 1952)

Today is

National Chop Sticks Day
(ugh) Ronald Reagan Day (California)
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (United Nations)
Lame Duck Day

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