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On this day: August 5

Published On: Jul 19 2013 05:59:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 05 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Mayflower departs England, the first electric traffic signal is installed, Marilyn Monroe dies, the Beatles release "Revolver," and President Reagan fires striking air-traffic controllers, all on this day.

OTD August 5 - Joseph Merrick
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1862: Joseph Merrick, who had severe deformities and would be exhibited as a human curiosity named the "Elephant Man," is born in Leicester, England. Merrick became well known in London society after he went to live at London Hospital in 1886. His life would become the subject of the play "The Elephant Man" in 1979 and a movie adaptation of the same name in 1980.

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