On this day: July 25

POSTED: 04:34 PM PDT Jul 24, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 24, 2015 

America gives its Army generals five stars, a family favorite amusement park ride is patented, Dylan plugs in, and Roseanne "sings," all on this day.

OTD July 25 - John Schlesinger
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2003: Filmmaker John Schlesinger, the Oscar-winning director of "Midnight Cowboy," dies at age 77 in Palm Springs, California. He suffered a debilitating stroke in December 2000 and his condition had deteriorated significantly the weeks before his death. He was taken off life support the day before his death. Schlesinger was also known for directing movies such as "Daring," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Marathon Man" and "Pacific Heights."

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