A major Civil War battle ends, America gains a new state, Jim Morrison overdoses, and summer blockbusters dominate theaters, all on this day.
1937: Playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard is born Tomáš Straussler in Zlín, Czechoslovakia. A child refugee who fled Czechoslovakia with his family and settled in England after World War II, he is best known for plays such as "Arcadia" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" and movies such as "Brazil" and "Shakespeare in Love," the latter of which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
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