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Composer Dmitri Shostakovich dies

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich died of lung cancer. A civic funeral was conducted; he was interred in the Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow.

Fashion designer Michael Kors is born

Michael David Kors is an American sportswear fashion designer. He is the honorary chairman and chief creative officer for his company, Michael Kors Holdings Limited, which sells men's and women's and ready-to-wear, accessories, watches, jewelry, footwear, and fragrance.

Writer Jonathan Kellerman is born

Jonathan Kellerman is an American psychologist, and Edgar and Anthony Award-winning author of numerous bestselling suspense novels. His writings on psychology, and specifically psychopathology, include Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children.

Shostakovitch's "Symphony No. 7" is performed in Leningrad

Initially dedicated to the life and deeds of Vladimir Lenin, Shostakovich decided instead to dedicate the symphony to the city of Leningrad on its completion. The Leningrad première of the piece occurred while the city was under siege by Nazi forces. The work remains one of Shostakovich's best-known compositions.

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Sam Elliott

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Anna Kendrick

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