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On this day: April 5

Published On: Apr 02 2013 06:37:40 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 05 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

George Washington issues the first presidential veto, the greatest hits album is born, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar captures the NBA's career scoring title, and Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain kills himself, all on this day.

OTD April 5 - Charlton Heston
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2008: Actor Charlton Heston, known for his heroic roles in films such as "The Ten Commandments," "Ben-Hur" (for which he won a Best Actor Oscar), "El Cid" and "Planet of the Apes," dies of pneumonia at the age of 84 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Heston was also known for his political activism, including his involvement in the Civil Rights movement and a five-term stint as president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.

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