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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include actress Carroll Baker, who was born in 1931; actress Alexa Davalos, who was born in 1982; baseball great Kirk Gibson, who was born on this date in 1957; former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who was born on this date in 1944 in Brooklyn; TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who was born on this date in 1977; actor Jake Johnson, who was born on this date in 1978; singer Gladys Knight, who was born on this date in 1944; actress Christa Miller, who was born on this date in 1964; actress Carey Mulligan, who was born on this date in 1985; and Sen. Marco Rubio, who was born on this date in 1971.

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KNOWN FOR HIS CREATION OF BOND, JAMES BOND, author Ian Fleming was born in London on this date in 1908. The first James Bond novel was “Casino Royale” in 1953, but the series really became known after the first Bond movie, “Dr. No,” came to the silver screen in 1963. Besides his series of spy novels, Fleming also wrote a children’s book, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” He died in Sandwich, England on Aug. 12, 1964.

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THE FRENCH REVOLUTION WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN THE SAME WITHOUT Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, who was born on this date in Saintes, France, in 1738. Guillotin was the inventor of the guillotine, a decapitation machine that came to prominence during the Reign of Terror, though it was first used to execute a highwayman in 1792. Guillotin died in Paris on March 26, 1814.

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THE SIERRA CLUB was founded on this date in 1892 by naturalist John Muir. The organization promotes conservation of the natural environment via its influence on public policy. It has been particularly instrumental in protecting America’s national parks.

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RENOWNED ATHLETE Jim Thorpe was born on this date in 1888 in Prague, Oklahoma. Thorpe, a Native American, excelled as a track athlete, as well as being a baseball and football player. He won gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics but they were later later from him after Olympic officials disqualified him as an amateur, because of a stint as a minor league baseball player. He died in Lomita, California on March 28, 1953. His medals were returned to his family after his death when the earlier decision stripping him of his awards was reversed.

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Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.

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You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.” — Ian Fleming, who was born on this date in 1908

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