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On this day: February 5

Published On: Feb 05 2013 12:36:00 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

The U.S. military scores its first aerial victory, Reader's Digest is first published, Disney's "Peter Pan" premieres, and Manuel Noriega is indicted, all on this day.

OTD February 5 - William S Burroughs
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1914: Author William S. Burroughs, a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author best known for his novel "Naked Lunch," is born in St. Louis, Mo. He died at age 83 on Aug. 2, 1997, from complications of a heart attack he had suffered the previous day.

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