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a few true facts about John Wayne

  • Stalin ordered his death (the FBI intercepted 2 KGB assassins) and Nikita Khrushchev rescinded the order!
  • John battled cancer in his last years. He blamed smoking six packs a day. But it could also be from shooting a movie downwind of Nevada’s nuclear test site
  • John was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907
  • "John Wayne" was a moniker given by the studios that he had no part in choosing. He preferred "Duke" after his childhood dog
  • at 6’4” (193 cm) John was very tall for the time, and easily got a college football scholarship
  • his favorite pastime was — you’ll never guess — chess


July 15, 1606: Dutch Artist Rembrandt Born

On this day in 1606, famous Dutch painter and etcher Rembrandt van Rijn was born.  Considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history, Rembrandt was best known for his portraits, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible, history and mythology. His more than 600 paintings are often noted for his innovative use of shadow and light.

Explore the defining qualities of an authentic Rembrandt with “Rembrandt in America.”

Photo: Rembrandt Self-Portrait, 1659. Wikimedia Commons

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