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BIRTH­DAYS

Singer Jen­nifer Warnes is 72. Ac­tress Mi­randa Richard­son is 61. Rock mu­si­cian John Bigham is 60. Ra­dio per­son­al­ity Ira Glass is 60. Ac­tress Mary Page Keller is 58. Olympic track and field gold medal­ist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 57. For­mer NFL player and Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Famer Her­schel Walker is 57. Rap­per-ac­tor Tone Loc is 53. Ac­tor David Faustino is 45. Ac­tress Jes­sica Biel is 37.

TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

In 1791, Congress passed a mea­sure tax­ing dis­tilled spir­its; it was the first in­ter­nal rev­enue act in U.S. his­tory. In 1845, Florida be­came the 27th state.

In 1863, Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln signed a mea­sure cre­at­ing the Na­tional Academy of Sci­ences.

In 1931, “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner” be­came the na­tional an­them of the United States as Pres­i­dent Her­bert Hoover signed a con­gres­sional res­o­lu­tion.

In 1934, bank rob­ber John Dillinger es­caped from the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Ind.

In 1959, the United States launched the Pi­o­neer 4 space­craft, which flew by the moon.

In 1960, Lu­cille Ball filed for di­vorce from her hus­band, Desi Ar­naz, a day af­ter they had fin­ished film­ing the last episode of “The Lu­cille Ball-Desi Ar­naz Show” (“Lucy Meets the Mus­tache”) on Ar­naz’s 43rd birth­day.

In 1991, Rod­ney King was se­verely beaten by Los An­ge­les po­lice of­fi­cers in a scene cap­tured on am­a­teur video.

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