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United States jurist
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March 15, 1933 (age 86)
New York City, New York
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1947
Ry Cooder
American musician
1943
David Cronenberg
Canadian film director, screenwriter, and actor
1878
Reza Shah Pahlavi
shah of Iran
1813
John Snow
British physician
1767
Andrew Jackson
president of United States

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Nicholas II after being taken captive, c. 1917.
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Jackson, Andrew
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