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April 16, 2010


1889 - Charlie Chaplin was born. Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr, was believed to be born on 16 April 1889 in either London or Fontainebleau, France, but there is some doubt as to both his birthplace and his date of birth. His parents separated soon after he was born, and his somewhat unstable mother eventually suffered a mental breakdown, living out the remainder of her years in an asylum. He is best remembered for his "Little Tramp" character, with his toothbrush moustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane and his funny walk. It is said that the Little Tramp character was born when Charlie Chaplin borrowed clothes from Fatty Arbuckle for a skit. The character was such a success it became Chaplin's signature. The Little Tramp made many movies and became a worldwide hit. Chaplin died on 25 December 1977 in Vevey, Switzerland, where he had lived for decades, and was buried in Corsier-Sur-Vevey Cemetery.
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