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On This Day

In 1570, Queen Elizabeth I of England was formally excommunicated by Pope Pius V.

In 1870, Mississippi Republican Hiram Rhodes Revels, was sworn in as Senator, becoming the first African American in Congress.

In 1919, Oregon became the first state to tax gasoline (a whole one cent!). Such a terrible, horrendous thing to do, and an obvious example of TYRANNY!

In 1932, Adolf Hitler became a naturalized German citizen, making him eligible to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident. He didn't have to prove he wasn't from Kenya.

In 1964, Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali) defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, becoming the world heavyweight boxing champion.

In 1986, Ferdinand Marcos and his shoe-loving wife left the Philippines in a hurry after 20 years of corrupt rule following a badly tainted election. Corazon Aquino became President after his departure.

In 1999, white supremacist John William King was sentenced to death by a Texas jury for the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., an African-American man.

Born on This Day

1616 - Isaak Luttichuys, Dutch Baroque painter (d. 1673)

1656 - Carel de Moor, Dutch painter and printmaker (d. 1738)

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1714 – René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (d. 1792)

1714 – Sir Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet, British admiral (d. 1782)

1755 – François René Mallarmé, French politician (d. 1835)

1841 – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter and sculptor (d. 1919)

1861 - Santiago Rusiñol, Spanish painter and writer (d. 1931)

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1873 – Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor (d. 1921)

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1885 – Sylvia Brett, English socialite (d. 1971)

1888 – John Foster Dulles, American politician (d. 1959)

1893 - Rudolf Wacker, Austrian painter (d. 1939)

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1894 – Meher Baba, Indian spiritual figure (d. 1969)

1901 – Zeppo Marx, American actor (d. 1979)

1910 – Millicent Fenwick, American fashion editor and progressive Republican congresswoman (it wasn't an oxymoron back then). (d. 1992)

1913 – Jim Backus, American actor (d. 1989)

1913 – Gert Fröbe, German actor (d. 1988)

1917 – Brenda Joyce, American actress (d. 2009)

1920 – Sun Myung Moon, Korean religious leader, founder of Unification Church (d. 2012)

1929 – Christopher George, American actor (d. 1983)

1930 – Sister Wendy Beckett, South African-born British art connoisseur

1937 – Tom Courtenay, English actor

1937 – Bob Schieffer, American broadcast journalist stenographer

1943 – George Harrison, English singer and guitarist, member of The Beatles (d. 2001)

1945 – Elkie Brooks, English singer (Vinegar Joe)

1947 – Doug Yule, American bass guitarist (The Velvet Underground and American Flyer)

1950 – Neil Jordan, Irish director

1950 – Emitt Rhodes, American singer/songwriter

1952 – Jerry Chamberlain, American musician (Daniel Amos and The Swirling Eddies)

1954 – John Doe, American musician (X)

1962 – Foster Sylvers, American singer, (The Sylvers)

1965 – Brian Baker, American guitarist (Minor Threat, Bad Religion, and more)

1965 – Veronica Webb, American supermodel and actress

1971 – Sean Astin, American actor

1982 – Bert McCracken, American singer-songwriter (The Used)

Died on This Day

1601 – Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, English politician (b. 1566)

1639 - Roelandt Savery, Flemish painter (b. 1576)

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1713 – King Frederick I of Prussia (b. 1657)

1723 – Sir Christopher Wren, English architect (b. 1632)

1756 – Eliza Haywood, English actress and writer (b. 1693)

1841 – Philip Pendleton Barbour, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court (b. 1783)

1910 – Worthington Whittredge, American artist (b. 1820)

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1911 - Fritz von Uhde, German genre painter (b. 1848)

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1914 – John Tenniel, British illustrator (b. 1820)

1950 – George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)

1970 – Mark Rothko, Latvian-born American painter (b. 1903)

1983 – Tennessee Williams, American playwright (b. 1911) See Tipple Jar

1995 - Rudolf Hausner,  Austrian painter (b. 1914)

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2005 – Peter Benenson, English founder of Amnesty International (b. 1921)

2009 – Philip José Farmer, American novelist (b. 1918)

Today is

National Clam Chowder Day
National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
Let's All Eat Right Day (just after I finish this chowder and these peanuts)
Quiet Day
Spay Day USA (last Tuesday of the month)

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