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This day in history

Thursday, Sept. 12, is the 255th day of 2013. There are 110 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Dickie Moore (“Our Gang”) is 88. Actor Ian Holm is 82. Actress Linda Gray is 73. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 62. Rock musician Neil Peart (Rush) is 61. Actress Rachel Ward is 56. Rock singer-musician Ben Folds is 47. Comedian Louis C.K. is 46. Actor Paul Walker is 40. Country singer Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) is 39. Singer Ruben Studdard is 35. Basketball player Yao Ming is 33. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 32. Actress Emmy Rossum is 27.

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In 1943, German paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government.

In 1953, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.

In 1977, South African black student leader Steve Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry.

In 1992, the space shuttle Endeavour blasted off, carrying Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space; Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space; and Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese national to fly on a US spaceship.

In 2008, a Metrolink commuter train struck a freight train in Los Angeles, killing 25 people.

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