On this day: July 12

Published On: Jul 09 2012 11:05:02 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 12 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Medal of Honor is authorized, a favorite toy is born, Walter Mondale makes a historic choice, and "E.T." breaks box office records, all on this day.

OTD July 12 - Harvey Pekar
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2010: Author and critic Harvey Pekar, best known for his autobiographical "American Splendor" comic series, dies at age 70 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, of an accidental overdose of antidepressants fluoxetine and bupropion. In 2003, his comic series inspired a film adaptation of the same name, with Pekar portrayed by Paul Giamatti.

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