RODDY McDOWALL, English actor born (d. 1998) McDowall made his first major film appearance at age twelve (though he had previously appeared in several British films), after he and his family came to America because of The Blitz. He played as "Huw" in How Green Was My Valley (1941) that he made his name, and he appeared in other films as a child actor, including The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) and Lassie Come Home (1943) where he co-starred (on the first of many occasions) opposite lifelong friend Elizabeth Taylor. He appeared frequently on Hollywood Squares, and occasionally came up with funny (read "closet" ala Charles Nelson Reilly, ala Paul Lynde) quips himself.


For example: In Shakespeare's Hamlet, what does Queen Gertrude get that was meant for her famous son?


McDOWALL: A dozen roses and a box of candy.


 

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BARON FRIEDRICH WILHELM VON STEUBEN born (d: 1794); a German-Prussian General who served with George Washington in the American Revolution. Two soldiers, William North and Ben Walker, were to von Steuben's liking. He legally adopted both men, and they lived together until the general's death, at which time they shared in his estate.

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MICHAEL NAVA, is an attorney and Gay writer born on this date; Nava studied at Stanford University and later moved to Los Angeles, where he opened a private legal practice. With The Little Death Nava began his mystery series centered around the Latino Gay criminal defense attorney Henry Rios. The seven novels of the Rios series won five Lambda Literary Awards. With the last novel Rag and Bone, Nava announced the end of the series.

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