On this day: August 23

POSTED: 01:54 PM PDT Aug 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 22, 2016 

King George gets fed up with the rebelling colonies, a silent film legend passes away, the Earth is ready for its closeup, and an earthquake jolts D.C., all on this day.

OTD August 23 - Gene Kelly
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1912: Actor and dancer Gene Kelly, the star of movies such as "Singin' in the Rain," "Anchors Aweigh," "On the Town" and "An American in Paris," is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kelly, who also served as co-director with Stanley Donen on "Singin' in the Rain," "On the Town" and "It's Always Fair Weather" and directed several other movies on his own, most notably 1969's "Hello, Dolly!," died of complications from a stroke at age 83 on Feb. 2, 1996.


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