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By On This Day in NYC's History

A WAYANS BROTHER IS BORN

On July 23, 1972: Marlon Wayans was born in New York City. Known both for his comedic roles in various films including Scary Movie 2 and White Chicks, Wayans garnered critical appraisal for his work in the classic film Requiem for a Dream. He has also, alongside former Funny or Die CEO Randy Adams, created the online comedy website What The Funny

LOU GEHRIG HIT A GRAND SLAM

On July 23, 1925: Baseball legend Lou Gehrig hit his first of 23 career grand slams. For non-sports types, a grand slam occurs when a batter hits a home run while all three of the bases are occupied, thereby earning four runs at once. Gehrig’s first grand slam came early in his career with the Yankees, foreshadowing the 22 other ones he would hit, the most of any MLB player.

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KARL SWENSON

On July 23, 1908: Actor Karl Swenson was born in Brooklyn. Swenson had a long and varied career on both the stage and screen. In the early stages of his career, Swenson had success on Broadway and on the radio in a variety of roles. Following his debut in two wartime shorts in 1943, Swenson went on to play more than 35 roles in film and television. He is best known for playing the beloved Lars Hanson on Little House on the Prairie.

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