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The father of Frodo died

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39 years ago (September 2, 1973) John R.R. Tolkien, British story writer, died at 81. He was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa and his work included The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson directed the trilogy which became a huge success.
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Historical accuracy in Band of brothers

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In pre-production, most actors had contact with the people they were meant to portray and some of the veterans came to the production site. Nonetheless, co-executive producer Tom Hanks admitted that they could not provide complete accuracy: "We had to condense down a vast number of characters, fold other people's experiences into 10 or 15 people.
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Laurel and Hardy’s piefight

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This week in 1927 Stan and Ollie filmed the pie fight for The battle of the century. Producer Roach purchased a day`s output from the Los Angeles Pie Company. More than 3,000 pies were thrown.
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This week 11 years ago (October 8, 2003) Arnold became governor of California, ousting the incumbent, Gray Davis, three years before his term was due to end.
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Clark Gable’s wife died

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73 years ago (January 16, 1942) Gable’s wife Carole Lombard was on a tour to sell war bonds when the airplane she was traveling in crashed into a mountain near Las Vegas (USA), killing all aboard including Lombard's mother. Clark was devastated by the tragedy and would never recover.
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Edith Wharton was born

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153 years ago Edith Wharton, US novelist and Pulitzer Prize winning author was born. Her work was mostly set in New York society. It includes The House of Mirth (1905), the rural Ethan Frome (1911), The Custom of the Country (1913), and The Age of Innocence (1921).
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Lucky was not so lucky

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53 years ago (January 26, 1962), Charles Lucky Luciano died of a heart attack at Naples (Italy) International Airport. Writer Mario Puzo based Don Corleone loosely on this inventor of modern crime. Luciano, just like Corleone, emigrated in 1906, settling in New York City, where he almost immediately embarked on a life of crime.
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