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On this day: August 20

POSTED: 12:46 AM PDT Aug 19, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 19, 2013 

Charles Darwin publishes his theory of evolution, the NFL is founded, Lou Gehrig belts his 23rd career grand slam and NASA heads for Mars, all on this day.

OTD August 20 - David O Russell
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1958: Film director and screenwriter David O. Russell, best known for the movies "Flirting with Disaster," "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees," "The Fighter" and "Silver Linings Playbook," is born in New York City. Russell received Academy Award nominations for directing "The Fighter" and "Silver Linings Playbook" and was also nominated for an Oscar for the latter's screenplay.


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