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July 08, 2009

This Day in History: July 9:

1816: Argentina formally declared independence from Spain. 1850: Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the U.S., died after only 16 months in office. 1872: The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel of Thomaston, Me. 1896: William Jennings Bryan delivered his "cross of gold" speech at the Democratic National Convention. 1900: The British Parliament proclaimed that as of Jan. 1, 1901, the six Australian colonies would be united at the Commonwealth of Australia. 2002: Baseball's All-Star Game ended in a tie after 11 innings. Both sides had run out of pitchers. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Inventor Nikola Tesla, 1856; Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 1932; Actor Brian Dennehy, 1938; Actor Richard Roundtree is, 1942; Singer Debbie Sledge of Sister Sledge, 1955; Actor Jimmy Smits, 1956; Actor Tom Hanks, 1956; Actress Kelly McGillis, 1957; Singer Courtney Love, 1964; Actor Scott Grimes ("ER"), 1971; Actor Fred Savage, 1976; Singer-actress Kiely Williams of 3LW ("Cheetah Girls" films), 1986; Actor Mitchel Musso ("Hannah Montana"), 1991; Actress Georgie Henley ("The Chronicles of Narnia"), 1995.

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