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On this day: July 23

POSTED: 05:00 PM PDT Jul 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 22, 2013 

Miss America gives up her crown, Fergie gets a royal wedding, a new comet is discovered, and a singer's life comes to a tragic ending, all on this day.

OTD July 23 - D.W. Griffith
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Courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collection

1948: Film director D. W. Griffith, best known for the movies "The Birth of a Nation" and "Intolerance," dies of a brain hemorrhage in Hollywood, Calif., at the age of 73.

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