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DECEMBER 29
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Spanish musician
born
December 29, 1876
Vendrell, Spain
(Born on this day)
died
October 22, 1973 (aged 96)
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

Born on This Day

1942
Rajesh Khanna
Indian actor
1938
Jon Voight
American actor
1936
Mary Tyler Moore
American actress
1809
William Ewart Gladstone
prime minister of United Kingdom
1808
Andrew Johnson
president of United States

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Henry II (left) disputing with Thomas Becket (centre), miniature from a 14th-century manuscript; in the British Library (Cotton MS. Claudius D.ii).
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