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This Day in Boston History
February 8th, 1932
On this day
-- John Williams, the famed composer and conductor of the Boston Pops
was born in New York.
John Williams is the most Oscar®-nominated living human being, having
received the nod 38 times. Best known for film scores, he composed themes
for Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, the
Indiana Jones trilogy, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of
the Third Kind, Jaws, and Angela's Ashes.
In 1980 he became conductor of the Boston Pops, retiring from that post
in 1992 to devote his time to composing.