On this day: February 6

POSTED: 02:58 PM PST Feb 05, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 05, 2014 

The Union gets its first victory of the Civil War, Ronald Reagan is born, The Righteous Brothers hit No. 1, and astronaut Alan Shepard works on his lunar golf game, all on this day.

OTD February 6 - Jack Kirby
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1994: Comic book artist, writer and editor Jack Kirby, who had a hand in creating some of Marvel Comics' most iconic superhero characters, dies of heart failure at age 76 in Thousand Oaks, California. In 1940, he teamed up with writer-editor Joe Simon to create Captain America and then worked with Stan Lee in the 1960s to co-create several other major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, Thor and Iron Man.

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