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In pictures: Stephen Harper's birthday buddies

Prime Minister Stephen Harper turns 55 today, April 30, 2014. He shares that birthday with a few other notable people. We've also acknowledged a few other historical events of the same vintage...

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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This birthday cake image was posted to Treasury Board President Tony Clement's Instagram account this morning, April 30, 2014.

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Actor Paul Gross, middle, shares an April 30 birthday with the PM. He is shown here meeting with The Globe’s editorial board along with producer Robert Lantos and director David Cronenberg.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

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Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki, right, also shares a birthday with the PM.

Cliff Lipson/CBS.

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Kirsten Dunst, right, shown in Cannes with Viggo Mortensen, also shares a birthday with the PM.

JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS

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Hip-hop artist Akon leaves court, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, in Fishkill, N.Y., where he pleaded guilty to harassment after he tossed a fan off stage at an upstate New York concert last summer. The musician also shares an April 30 birthday with Harper.

Mike Rice/AP

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What else is 55 years old? The Cuban Revolution ousted former dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Here, Ernesto "Che" Guevara plays golf as Fidel Castro stands behind him at Colina Villareal in Havana in this undated file picture.

STR/REUTERS

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Motown Records was established in Detroit in 1959. Here, Stevie Wonder records for the label with the Funk Brothers.

Detroit Free Press

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A still from Walt Disney’s 1959 feature film Sleeping Beauty.

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The Avro Arrow was cancelled by the Diefenbaker government in 1959, despite being considered the most advanced supersonic interceptor aircraft in the world. The first Avro Arrow is pictured here about to land at Malton Airport in Toronto during an early test flight.

Avro Newsmagazine

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The St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened in 1959. Here, the Department of Transport vessel C.G.S. Grenville becomes the first ship to navigate any section of the St. Lawrence Seaway, when on November 22, 1957, she passed through the big lock at Iroquois, which had been completed some weeks before.

Capitol Press Service

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Tibet’s exiled Dalai Lama has been living in India since the failure of the Tibetan uprising in 1959.

Aijaz Rahi/AP

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