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This Day in History: March 12: Screenwriter Millard Kaufman born

In 1917, screenwriter Millard Kaufman was born in Baltimore. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and served in the Marines before moving to California, eventually earning two Oscar nominations for his work on "Take the High Ground!" and "Bad Day at Black Rock." Kaufman was also one of the creators of cartoon character Mr. Magoo. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

1912: Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Guides, which later became the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

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1912: At Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Army Capt. Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from an airplane.

1922: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation novelist, was born in Lowell, Mass.

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1951: "Dennis the Menace," created by cartoonist Hank Ketcham, made its syndicated debut in 16 newspapers.

1987: "Les Miserables" opened on Broadway.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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