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On this day: January 2

POSTED: 9:45 PM Jan 01 2013   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Jan 02 2015

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial begins, the Jets give Namath a record contract, Nixon lowers the nation's maximum speed limit to 55, and oil tops $100 a barrel for the first time, all on this day.

OTD January 2 - Pete Postlethwaite
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2011: English actor Pete Postlethwaite, best known for his movie roles in "In the Name of the Father," "The Usual Suspects," "The Constant Gardener," "Romeo + Juliet" and "The Town," dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 64 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. Postlethwaite earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for "In the Name of the Father" in 1994.

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