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On this day: March 6

POSTED: 09:57 AM PST Mar 04, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Mar 05, 2014 

The Alamo falls, the Supreme Court rules in the Dred Scott case, the Oreo cookie and Silly Putty are introduced, Mike Tyson wins in his pro debut, and Eric Clapton enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time, all on this day.

OTD March 6 - Ayn Rand
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Courtesy of The Ayn Rand Institute

1982: Russian-American author Ayn Rand, known for her two best-selling novels, "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged," dies of heart failure at the age of 77 in New York City. She is also known for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism, which made her a significant influence among libertarians and conservatives in America.

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