On this day: July 27

POSTED: 03:29 PM PDT Jul 26, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 26, 2016 

A wise-cracking cartoon bunny makes his first appearance, the Korean War ends, Madonna drops her debut album, tragedy hits the Olympics, and an entertainment legend dies at age 100, all on this day.

OTD July 27 - William Wyler
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1981: Film director William Wyler dies of a heart attack at age 79 in Los Angeles, California. Wyler won Academy Awards for Best Director for the movies "Ben-Hur," "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "Mrs. Miniver," all of which also won Best Picture Oscars. He also directed movies such as "Dodsworth," "Jezebel," "Wuthering Heights," "Roman Holiday," "The Big Country," "How to Steal a Million" and "Funny Girl," and earned nine other Oscar nominations for Best Director in his career.


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