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April 19, 1824

Lord Byron dies

Lord Byron, the great English poet, dies from a fever in Missolonghi, Greece. Mourned as a national hero in Greece, Byron had donated £4,000 to the Greek navy and personally came to the country to unite nationalist factions in their struggle for independence from the Turks. He died shortly after tak...

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April 19, 1927

Actress Mae West Sentenced for "Sex"

On this day in 1927, the great American actress Mae West was charged with obscenity for her Broadway production Sex, and sentenced to ten days in jail. In her true spirit, West is reported to have worn silk underpants throughout her sentence. West was born in Brooklyn in 1893 and made a nam...

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