On this day in history, May 26, 1907, John Wayne, the iconic actor who is known for epitomizing the American West, is born in Winterset, Iowa.
As a teen, he delivered newspapers in the mornings, while after school he played football and made deliveries for local stores.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, MAY 25, 1935, BABE RUTH HITS HOME RUN NUMBER 714It was while living in Glendale that he acquired the nickname, Duke, says John Wayne’s official site.
Upon graduating from high school, Wayne hoped to attend the U.S.
"Ford started to use Wayne as an extra, and he eventually began to trust him with some larger roles.
In 1930, Ford recommended Wayne for Fox’s epic Western, ‘The Big Trail.’ Wayne won the part, but the movie did poorly, and Fox let his contract lapse," according to History.com.
Wayne won his first — and only — Academy Award for Best Actor for "True Grit" (1969).
Things turned in a positive direction when Wayne won his first — and only — Academy Award for Best Actor for "True Grit" (1969).
Wayne passed away on June 11, 1979, at age 72 in Los Angeles, California, from stomach cancer, says Britannica.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMany public locations have been named in memory of John Wayne.
They include John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, where his life-sized statue graces the entrance; John Wayne Elementary School (P.S.
380) in Brooklyn, New York, which features a 38-foot, mosaic-mural commission by New York artist Knox Martin entitled "John Wayne and the American Frontier"; and a 100-plus-mile trail named the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington's Iron Horse State Park, says New World Encyclopedia.

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