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1971: Nathan Leopold Jr. (top), who paired with fellow University of Chicago student Richard Loeb in 1924 to murder 14 year old Bobby Franks in an infamous “thrill killing,” dies of a diabetes related heart attack at age 66 in Puerto Rico. Leopold and Loeb, who said they had wanted to commit a “perfect crime,” hired Clarence Darrow as their defense attorney and were eventually sentenced to life in prison. Loeb was killed by a fellow prisoner in 1936 and Leopold was paroled in 1958. The case has inspired several works in film, theater and fiction, including Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film “Rope.”

1958: Pop singer Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. With a career that lasted more than four decades featuring contributions to music,
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dance and fashion, he is recognized by Guinness World Records as the most successful entertainer of all time. He died at age 50 of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest.

1911: Ishi, widely acclaimed in his time as the “last wild Indian” in America to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California after the deaths of his mother and last relatives. The last member of the Yahi, Ishi had spent most of his life in hiding with his tribe members in the Sierra wilderness. After reading about him, professors from the University of California, Berkeley, brought him to San Francisco both for study and for his protection. He lived there until his death in 1916.
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