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On this day: May 15

Published On: May 14 2013 12:56:09 PM CDT   Updated On: May 15 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Las Vegas is founded, Mickey Mouse makes his screen debut, the Soviets begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, and a 16-year-old sailor completes her solo around-the-world journey, all on this day.

OTD May 15 - James Mason
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1909: Actor James Mason, known for movies such as "A Star Is Born," "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Lolita," "North by Northwest," "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Julius Caesar," is born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Mason, considered to be one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, earned Academy Award nominations for his roles in "A Star Is Born," "Georgy Girl" and "The Verdict." He died from cardiac arrest at age 75 on July 27, 1984.

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