A Kansas town elects the first woman mayor in the U.S., The Beatles make history in dominating the charts, a civil rights leader is gunned down, and the World Trade Center is dedicated, all on this day.
1979: Actor Heath Ledger, best known for movies such as "10 Things I Hate About You," "A Knight's Tale," "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Dark Knight," is born in Perth, Western Australia. Ledger, who died from an accidental prescription drug intoxication on Jan. 22, 2008, earned a posthumous Academy Award for his performance as The Joker in "The Dark Knight."
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