The nation's capital is founded, the world gets its first parking meter, Joltin' Joe sets an unbreakable record, and man heads to the moon, all on this day.
1907: Actress Barbara Stanwyck, best known for movies like "The Lady Eve" and "Double Indemnity," is born Ruby Catherine Stevens in Brooklyn, New York. Stanwyck received Oscar nominations for "Double Indemnity," "Stella Dallas," "Ball of Fire" and "Sorry, Wrong Number." Following her movie career she moved on to television, starring in her own anthology drama series before landing a lead role in the Western series "The Big Valley," winning an Emmy for each. She later won a third Emmy for her role in the miniseries "The Thorn Birds." She died at age 82 on Jan. 20, 1990, of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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