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On this day: August 2

POSTED: 01:10 PM PDT Aug 01, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 01, 2013 

America formally declares its independence, the U.S. Census is born, a president dies, JFK becomes a hero, and a young Robert Zimmerman changes his name, all on this day.

OTD August 2 - Kevin Smith
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1970: Director, screenwriter and actor Kevin Smith, best known for movies such as "Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma," is born in Red Bank, N.J. Smith, who often played the role of "Silent Bob" in his movies, is also known for his podcasts and as a comic book fan and writer.

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