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Historical Events

929 - Caliphate of Cordoba is established by Emir Abd-ar-Rahman III
1913 - British House of Commons accepts Home Rule for Ireland (but the Great War gets in the way of it happening)
1956 - Egyptian President Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
1980 - Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession
1991 - 7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
1995 - UPN (Universal-Parmount Network) begins telecasting (WWOR in NYC)

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Famous Birthdays

1872 - Henri-Paul Busser, composer
1908 - Ethel Merman, American stage and screen actress (Anything Goes, Call Me Madam), born in Queens, New York (d. 1984)
1914 - Roger Wagner, American choral musician (d. 1992)
1937 - Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress
1960 - Richard Elliot, Scottish-born American jazz saxophonist (When a Man Loves a Woman cover), born in Glasgow, Scotland
1967 - Jeff Branson, Waynesboro Miss, infielder (Cincinnati Reds)

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Famous Deaths

1979 - Fred Elizalde, composer, dies at 71
1987 - Earl Wilson, Bdwy columnist (Midnight Earl), dies in Yonkers at 79
1996 - Harry Potts, footballer/manager, dies at 75
2002 - Ron Taylor, American actor (b. 1952)
2007 - Ron Carey, American actor (Barney Miller), dies of a stroke at 71
2014 - Russell Johnson, American television and film actor, best known for his role as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, dies of kidney failure at 89

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