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Today is World No Tobacco Day. See these portraits of smokers in 1964, when cigarettes were first called killers.

The Most Iconic Photographs of All Time - LIFE

Today is World No Tobacco Day. See these portraits of smokers in 1964, when cigarettes were first called killers.

Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930. He's been a favorite of fans and critics alike since 'Unforgiven.'

The Most Iconic Photographs of All Time - LIFE

Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930. He's been a favorite of fans and critics alike since 'Unforgiven.'

On this day in 1911, the Indianapolis 500 was run for the first time. Over the years the open-wheel car raced in the Indy 500 evolved as engineers tinkered with its form to maximize speed without sacrificing safety.

These Colorized Photos Show the Evolution of Indy 500 Racing

On this day in 1911, the Indianapolis 500 was run for the first time. Over the years the open-wheel car raced in the Indy 500 evolved as engineers tinkered with its form to maximize speed without sacrificing safety.

Happy birthday, Willie Mays! See him at spring training, 1954

The Most Iconic Photographs of All Time - LIFE

Happy birthday, Willie Mays! See him at spring training, 1954

Grace Kelly was married on this day in 1956

Grace Kelly, Prince Rainier: Photos From the 'Wedding of the Century'

Grace Kelly was married on this day in 1956

Martin Luther King was assassinated on this day in 1968. Revisit his most famous speech

The March on Washington: Photos From an Epic Civil Rights Event

Martin Luther King was assassinated on this day in 1968. Revisit his most famous speech

Today is the anniversary of the My Lai convictions

My Lai: Remembering an American Atrocity in Vietnam, March 1968

Today is the anniversary of the My Lai convictions

In honor of Leap Day 2012, LIFE offers a gallery of pictures celebrating the simple act of leaping around, and the sense of boundless possibilities that one extra day on the calendar can sometimes ignite

The Most Iconic Photographs of All Time - LIFE

In honor of Leap Day 2012, LIFE offers a gallery of pictures celebrating the simple act of leaping around, and the sense of boundless possibilities that one extra day on the calendar can sometimes ignite

Lady Liberty was displayed in Paris and Philadelphia before arriving in New York on June 17, 1885.

See Early Photos of the Statue of Liberty Before It Came to New York

Lady Liberty was displayed in Paris and Philadelphia before arriving in New York on June 17, 1885.

The hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty on display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, in Philadelphia, ten years before the rest of the statue was completed.

See Early Photos of the Statue of Liberty Before It Came to New York

The hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty on display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, in Philadelphia, ten years before the rest of the statue was completed.

John Wayne passed away on this day in 1979.

The Most Iconic Photographs of All Time - LIFE

John Wayne passed away on this day in 1979.

Today is the anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest.

Mount Everest: Photos of Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay, May 1953

Today is the anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest.

John F. Kennedy was born on this day in 1917.

JFK: Classic Photos of an American Political Icon, 1947-1963

John F. Kennedy was born on this day in 1917.

Today is the anniversary of the first image taken by Edwin Hubble.

The Most Iconic Photographs of All Time - LIFE

Today is the anniversary of the first image taken by Edwin Hubble.

Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord in 'The Philadelphia Story' on Broadway, 1938.

The Most Iconic Photographs of All Time - LIFE

Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord in 'The Philadelphia Story' on Broadway, 1938.