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Casablanca celebrates 71th anniversary

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This week 71 years ago the very classic Casablanca premiered in New York. However, Warner Brothers delayed the Los Angeles release of the film to coincide with the big Allied conference in Casablanca, North Africa (January 23, 1943).
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King Tutankhamen’s tomb

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November 26, 1922. After 40 years of digging, British archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first to enter King Tutankhamen’s tomb in more than 3,000 years. The discovery of these huge treasures inspired Steven Spielberg in the making of Raiders of the lost ark
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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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Errol and a minor

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This week 69 years ago (February 6, 1943) Errol was not found guilty of the accusation of corruption of a minor. The charge was made by two adolescents.
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Oliver Twist was censored

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This week in 1951 (February 21) a revised version of Oliver Twist (1948), which was judged anti-Semitic, was accorded ok by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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