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    Melvin Van Peebles, a playwright, musician and movie director whose work ushered in the “blaxploitation” films of the 1970s, died at his New York home; he was 89.

      Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Alfonso Ribeiro, Bill Murray, Billy Porter, Ethan Coen, Faith Hill, Jason Derulo, Luke Wilson, Stephen King and more.

        One year ago: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won his third straight election, but failed to get the majority in Parliament that he wanted; Trudeau had voiced the concerns of Canadians who were increasingly upset with those who refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

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