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--Born on this date in 1890, Soviet poet and author, Boris Leonidovich Pasternak. Although his works were restricted by the Soviet communist authorities, he managed to publish a number of volumes of verse and his only novel, the world-famous Doctor Zhivago, (which first appeared in the United States in 1957). When Pasternak won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1958, he was branded a traitor by many of his fellow countrymen. Not wanting to go into exile, Pasternak then rejected the Nobel Prize. Doctor Zhivago was finally published in the (post-communist) USSR in 1987.
--Today is also the birthday of American television personality and investment guru, Jim Cramer; American Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Mark Spitz; talk show host Glenn Beck; and University of Kentucky basketball coach, John Calipari.
For more information on what happened today in American History, visit the Library of Congress American Memory collection for "Today in History: February 10