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JULY 10
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French theologian
born
July 10, 1509
Noyon, France
(Birthday tomorrow)
died
May 27, 1564 (aged 54)
Geneva, Switzerland

Born on This Day

1972
Sofía Vergara
Colombian American actress
1943
Arthur Ashe
American tennis player
1922
Jake LaMotta
American boxer
1871
Marcel Proust
French writer
1807
Solomon Northup
American farmer and writer

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