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A famous writer was born

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154 years ago, July 26, 1859 George Bernard Shaw was born. The famous writer became even more famous when his book Pygmalion was brought to the white screen. My fair lady was a huge success and won 8 Academy awards.
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A psychopath died

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July 27, 1984 Ed Gein died in a hospital for the criminally insane. 27 years earlier police discovered human-skull soup bowls, an armchair made of human skin, female genitalia kept preserved in a shoebox and so on. This provided inspiration for the character of Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs.
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Another case for Sherlock

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107 years ago, during the summer of 1907, Sherlock Holmes would take up the one case we know of during his retirement years, the murder of Fitzroy McPherson. The story, published in 1907, was narrated by Holmes himself, instead of by Dr. Watson.
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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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