On this day: July 2

POSTED: 11:01 AM PDT Jun 27, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 01, 2016 

A president is shot, a Supreme Court justice is born, aliens land -- or not -- and an acting legend passes, all on this day.

OTD July 2 - Franklin Schaffner
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1989: American film director Franklin Schaffner, best known for such films as "Planet of the Apes," "Patton," "Papillon" and "The Boys from Brazil," dies of lung cancer at age 69 in Santa Monica, California. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for "Patton" in 1971. He's seen here in 1977 outside Franklin and Marshall College after accepting an honorary degree.


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