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JANUARY 28
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Russian-American dancer
born
January 28, 1948 (age 72)
Riga, Latvia
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1955
Nicolas Sarkozy
president of France
1949
Gregg Popovich
American basketball coach
1940
Carlos Slim Helú
Mexican businessman
1936
Alan Alda
American actor, director, and screenwriter
1912
Jackson Pollock
American artist

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Flag of the United States Coast Guard.
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Pollock, Jackson
American painter Jackson Pollock, a leading exponent of Abstract Expressionism who received widespread publicity and serious recognition for the radical poured, or “drip,” technique he used to create his major works, was born. [Sort fact from fiction in our Artists & Painters quiz .]
1912
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
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1881
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French writer Colette was born in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye.
1873
Franco-German War
The French capital, Paris, fell following a four-month siege during the Franco-German War.
1871
Jane Austen
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Henry VII.
King Henry VII of England, who succeeded in ending the Wars of the Roses, was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
1457
Dürer, Albrecht: portrait of Charlemagne
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