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Events (150 years ago today): 1866 - The United States Congress passes legislation authorizing the rank of General of the Army. Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant becomes the first to be promoted to this rank.

Births (1000 years ago today): 1016 - Casimir I the Restorer, Polish son of Mieszko II Lambert (d. 1058)

Births (150 years ago today): 1866 - Frederick Blackman, English physiologist and academic (d. 1947)

Births (100 years ago today): 1916 - Lucien Saulnier, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1989)

Births (50 years ago today): 1966 - Daryl Halligan, New Zealand rugby player and sportscaster

Deaths (400 years ago today): 1616 - Andreas Libavius, German physician and chemist (b. 1550)

Deaths (150 years ago today): 1866 - Floride Calhoun, American wife of John C. Calhoun, 4th Second Lady of the United States (b. 1792)

Deaths (50 years ago today): 1966 - Frank O'Hara, American poet and critic (b. 1926)

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