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JANUARY 15 RAY BOLGER American actor, dancer and singer born in 1904. He started out on vaudeville before getting a film contract with MGM, making his film debut in 1936. His most famous role was as the Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz. He died of cancer in 1987. JANUARY 16 CAROLE LOMBARD American actor born Jane Alice Peters in 1908. She made her film debut in 1921, appearing in films such as My Man Godfrey and Mr & Mrs Smith. She married Clark Gable in 1939. She died in a plane crash in 1942. JANUARY 17 ALBERT JACKA Australian war hero born in 1893. He enlisted in the AIF in 1914. He served at Gallipoli in 1915 and was awarded a Victoria Cross. He later served on the Western Front. He died of chronic nephritis in 1932. JANUARY 18 RUDYARD KIPLING British author born in 1865 in India. He was educated in England but later returned to India where he became a journalist. He later returned to England and published poetry and stories including The Jungle Book. He died of a perforated duodenal ulcer in 1936. JANUARY 19 BHAGWAN SHREE RAJNEESH Indian spiritual leader born Chandra Mohan Jain in 1931. After studying philosophy he established communes in the US and Australia, teaching his ideas known as Rajneeshism. He was later ejected from the US over his cult’s illegal activities and died in India in 1990 of heart failure. JANUARY 20 PAUL BOCUSE French chef born in 1926. Founder of the restaurant l’Auberge Du Pont de Collonges, he became one of the most influential chefs of the 20th Century, closely associated with the culinary style known as nouvelle cuisine. He died of Parkinson’s disease in 2018. JANUARY 21 LOUIS XVI French King born in 1754. He came to the throne in 1774 and was king when the French Revolution broke out in 1789. Deposed as king in 1792, he was executed by guillotine in 1793.
CAROLE LOMBARD DIED: 1942