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    THIS DAY IN HISTORY

    MAY 22
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    Featured Biography

    British author
    born
    May 22, 1859
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    (Birthday tomorrow)
    died
    July 7, 1930 (aged 71)
    Crowborough, England

    Born on This Day

    1987
    Novak Djokovic
    Serbian tennis player
    1946
    George Best
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    1942
    Ted Kaczynski
    American criminal
    1907
    Laurence Olivier
    British actor, director, writer, and producer
    1859
    Arthur Conan Doyle
    British author

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