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Congratulations Gene Hackman

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Gene Hackman will turn eighty-three this Wednesday. In 2008 he said he had retired from acting (after 99 films), and he kept his word. Nowadays, Hackman has scripted a second act for himself as a historical novelist. He has written three novels. He had a serious bicycle accident last January.
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The war divided Tolkien’s book

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The book The Lord of the rings was originally intended by Tolkien to be published in one large volume, but the paper shortage ruled this out. Instead it was divided into three volumes:
(1) The fellowship of the ring, (2) The two towers, (3) The return of the king.
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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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Bonnie and Clyde were killed

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May 23, 1934 Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot 4 dozen times early in the morning in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen car. This ended the most spectacular manhunt seen in America up to that time.
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A famous writer was born in 1875

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June 6, 1875 Thomas Mann, German novelist, was born. His work included Buddenbrooks (1901), Doctor Faustus (1947), The Magic Mountain and Death in Venice (1912).
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test was born in 1862

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Born ~jarengeleden~ years ago (January 24, 1862): Edith Wharton, US novelist and Pulitzer Prize winning author. 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. She died August 11, 1937. (January 24, 1862)
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