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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This day in history1455
The first battle in the 30-year War of Roses took place at St. Albans.
The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia.
Today's BirthdayMary Cassatt (1844)
Cassatt was an American figure painter and etcher. As a young art student, she moved to Paris, where she was inspired by the work of Edgar Degas, with whom she developed a friendship. She allied herself with the Impressionists early in her career, but, in the late 1880s, she began experimenting with other styles and techniques. Many of Cassatt's best-known works are intimate depictions of mothers and children. What cause did she take up when cataracts put a stop to her painting career?