"Huckleberry Finn" is first published, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded, the first transcontinental flight ends, Playboy debuts, and "Avatar" premieres in theaters, all on this day.
1928: Actor Dan Blocker, best known for his role as Eric "Hoss" Cartwright in the western TV series "Bonanza," is born in DeKalb, Texas. Blocker, who was also a Korean War veteran, died at age 43 of a pulmonary embolism following gallbladder surgery on May 13, 1972.
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