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On this day: December 28

Published On: Dec 27 2012 12:36:31 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 28 2012 01:00:00 AM CST

An audience goes to the cinema for the first time, streetcars come to San Francisco, The Beatles' "White Album" goes to No. 1, and the first American test-tube baby is born, all on this day.

OTD December 28 - Susan Sontag
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2004: Writer Susan Sontag, the author of 17 books and a lifelong human rights activist, dies at the age of 71 in New York City from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome which had evolved into acute myelogenous leukemia. Her best known works include "On Photography," "Against Interpretation," "Illness as Metaphor," "Regarding the Pain of Others," "The Volcano Lover" and "In America."

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