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Events (1000 years ago today): 1014 - Byzantine-Bulgarian wars: Battle of Kleidion - Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicts a decisive defeat on the Bulgarian army, and his subsequent treatment of 15,000 prisoners reportedly causes Tsar Samuil of Bulgaria to die of a heart attack less than three months later, on October 6.

Events (150 years ago today): 1864 - American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.

Births (100 years ago today): 1914 - Irwin Corey, American comedian, actor, and activist

Births (50 years ago today): 1964 - Jaanus Veensalu, Estonian footballer

Deaths (50 years ago today): 1964 - Vean Gregg, American baseball player (b. 1885)

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