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On this day: July 12

Published On: Jul 09 2012 11:05:02 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 12 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Medal of Honor is authorized, The Cos and a favorite toy are both born, Walter Mondale makes a historic choice, and "E.T." breaks box office records, all on this day.

OTD July 12 - Henry David Thoreau
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1817: Author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, best known for his book "Walden" and his essay "Civil Disobedience," is born in Concord, Mass.

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