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On this day: August 9

POSTED: 04:01 PM PDT Aug 06, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 08, 2013 

Construction begins on the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a firefighting bear makes his debut, the United States drops the bomb on Japan again, Charles Manson's followers commit mass murder, and Nixon resigns, all on this day.

OTD August 9 - PL Travers
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1899: P. L. Travers, the author who created "Mary Poppins," is born Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. Travers was also an actress before beginning her writing career, but is best known for her series of children's novels about the mystical and magical English nanny Mary Poppins. Her books inspired the 1964 Disney movie starring Julie Andrews. She died at age 96 on April 23, 1996. She's seen here, circa 1924, appearing in the role of Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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