Charles Darwin publishes his theory of evolution, the NFL is founded, Lou Gehrig belts his 23rd career grand slam and NASA heads for Mars, all on this day.
1956: Actress Joan Allen, best known for movies such as "Nixon," "The Ice Storm," "Pleasantville" and "The Bourne Supremacy," is born in Rochelle, Illinois. Allen has earned Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for "Nixon" and "The Crucible," and for Best Actress for "The Contender" (pictured).
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