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Historical Events

1944 - Batman and Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
1953 - US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
1958 - LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
1974 - Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA
1979 - 11 'loyalists' known as the "Shankill Butchers" are sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast
2005 - 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (135.173 MPH)

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Famous Birthdays

1805 - Angelina Grimke, reformer/abolitionist/politician/lawyer
1912 - Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
1940 - Christoph Eschenbach, German-born pianist and conductor, born in Breslau, Germany
1958 - James Wilby, Burma, actor (Howards End, Maurice)
1962 - Ria Coyne, Scranton Penn, comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever)
1975 - Brendan Witt, Humboldt, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)

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Famous Deaths

1054 - Yaroslav I, the Wise, ruler (Kiev), dies
1595 - Ernst, archduke of Austria, dies at 41
1970 - Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885)
2000 - Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician (b. 1937)
2005 - Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
2010 - Alexander Haig Jr, American General and 59th Secretary of State (1981-82), dies from a staphylococcal infection at 85

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