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TLBSPEDIA: JACK NICHOLSON

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Jack Nicholson was born in Neptune, New Jersey, on April 22 1937, and grew up in Manasquan, New Jersey, about 50 miles south of the city on the Jersey Shore. The people he believed to be his parents were named John and Ethel May Nicholson. John was a department store window dresser and Ethel May was a hairdresser as well as a talented oil painter. June Nicholson, whom he believed was his older sister, was an aspiring actress.

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TLBSPEDIA: DON RICKLES

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Donald Jay Rickles was born on May 8 1926, in New York City, New York. The only child of Max, an insurance salesman, and Etta Rickles, he grew up in the Jackson Heights section of Queens, where he was actively involved in the local synagogue.

Following his graduation from Newtown High School in 1944, Rickles spent two years in the U.S. Navy. He then attempted to follow in his father’s footsteps as an insurance salesman before enrolling at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where his classmates included Jason Robards and Grace Kelly.

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TLBSPEDIA: ELTON JOHN

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Singer, songwriter, composer and icon Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25 1947, in Pinner, Middlesex, England. He discovered his passion for music at an early age. He taught himself how to play piano when he was only four years old. John soon proved to be a great talent, winning a scholarship to a youth program at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He attended classes there on the weekends.

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TLBSPEDIA: CHUCK BERRY

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Considered by many as the “father of rock ‘n’ roll,” Chuck Berry was born Charles Anderson Edward Berry on October 18 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents, Martha and Henry Berry, were the grandchildren of slaves, and are among the many African Americans who migrated from the rural South to St. Louis in search of employment during the World War I era. Martha Berry was one of the few black women of her generation to gain a college education, and Henry Berry was an industrious carpenter as well as a deacon at the Antioch Baptist Church.

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TLBSPEDIA: GRAHAM BELL

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Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3 1847, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The second son of Alexander Melville Bell and Eliza Grace Symonds Bell, he was named for his paternal grandfather. The middle name “Graham” was added when he was 10 years old. He had two brothers, Melville James Bell and Edward Charles Bell, both of whom died from tuberculosis.

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TLBSPEDIA: 1976

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Here you can see some things that happened in the year of 1976.

– IMPORTANT EVENTS:

Earthquake in Tabgshan China on July 28th kills 655,000.

Earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale strikes in North Eastern Italy.

Tidal Wave in Philippines kills 5,000.

The First Commercial Concorde Flights take off in UK.

Worst Drought on record hits Britain forcing the use of Standpipes.

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TLBSPEDIA: BILL PAXTON

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With his rich, distinctively Texan voice and everyman looks, actor Bill Paxton, born in 1955, in Texas, has played a variety of roles, from offbeat characters to leading men. He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where his father worked in the family’s lumber business. Paxton’s father was also a supporter of the arts, and he frequently took his children to the movies and other cultural events.

Paxton had an interest in moviemaking from early on. After graduating from Arlington Heights High School in 1973, he spent time studying at Richmond College in England with his friend Danny Martin. There Paxton met fellow Texan Tom Huckabee. The three made Super 8 movies together when they returned to Texas.

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THE BEAUTIFUL ANDY WARHOL PAINTINGS

Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 60’s. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his death, here are some of his most beautiful and important artworks:

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Campbell’ Soup Cans, 1962.

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15 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT KURT COBAIN

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Kurt Cobain was an American musician, artist, songwriter, guitarist and poet, known as frontman of the band Nirvana. Here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about him:

– When Nirvana was on the rise, Metallica sent them a fax that read: “We really dig Nirvana. ‘Nevermind’ is the best album of the year. Let’s get together soon, Metallica. PS, Lars hates the band.”

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