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On this Day in Movie History, July 22, 1934:John Dillinger Gunned Down

On this Day in Movie history John Dillinger gunned down
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It was on this day, July 22, 1934, public enemy number one, the notorious John Dillinger, was gunned down and mortally wounded by FBI agents at the Biograph Theatre in Chicago, IL.Originally a movie theater but now presents live productions, the Biograph was designed by architect Samuel N. Crowen in 1914.

According to one source:

On July 22, 1934, after attending the film Manhattan Melodrama with brothel madam known as Ann Sage also known as Ana Cumpănaş and Polly Hamilton, John Dillinger was shot dead outside the Biograph by FBI agents led by Melvin Purvis, when he attempted to pull a pistol and flee into the crowd after he saw them. Dillinger’s whereabouts had been leaked to the FBI by Cumpănaş under the threat of deportation back to her birth place of Romania.

The Biograph Theater, at 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, near Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois, is on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a Chicago Landmark on March 28, 2001.

Birthdays
1929 – Marcia Henderson (actress: The Aldrich Family, Thunder Bay, Naked Alibi, Deadly Duo; died Nov 23, 1987)

1934 – Louise Fletcher (actress: High School High, Two Moon Junction series, Nightmare on the 13th Floor, Final Notice, Flowers in the Attic, Invaders from Mars, A Summer to Remember, Natural Enemies, Lady in Red, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

1939 – Terence Stamp (actor: Superman: The Movie, Far from the Madding Crowd, Alien Nation, Billy Budd, Wall Street, Young Guns, The Real McCoy)

1946 – Danny Glover (actor: Lethal Weapon series, Silverado, Escape from Alcatraz, Chiefs, The Color Purple, Angels in the Outfield, Places in the Heart)

1947 – Albert Brooks (Einstein) (actor: Broadcast News, Lost in America, Private Benjamin, Taxi Driver)

1955 – Willem Dafoe (actor: Platoon, Mississippi Burning, Clear and Present Danger, New York Nights)

1963 – Rob Estes (director, actor: Silk Stalkings, Melrose Place, Days of Our Lives, Aces: Iron Eagle III, Terror in the Mall, Outreach)

1963 – Joanna Going (actress: Search for Tomorrow, Another World, Dark Shadows, Wyatt Earp, Still Breathing, NetForce, Cupid & Cate)

1964 – John Leguizamo (actor: The Fan, To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Super Mario Bros., Carlito’s Way, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Casualties of War; actor, playwright: Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama; comedian: House of Buggin’)

1964 – David Spade (writer, comedian, actor: Saturday Night Live, Just Shoot Me, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, Coneheads, A Very Brady Sequel, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, The Rugrats Movie, Lost & Found)

1965 – Patrick Labyorteaux (actor: JAG, Mame, Little House on the Prairie, Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College, 3 Ninjas, Redemption of the Ghost, Hollywood Palms)

1967 – Irene Bedard (actress: Crazy Horse, Grand Avenue, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale; voice-over: Pocahontas)