Friday, July 31, 2009

Jim Reeves died 45 years ago

Jim Reeves was born on August 20, 1923 as James Travis Reeves in Galloway, Texas. He sang the song I Fall to Pieces. Mr. Reeves died on July 31, 1964 in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Franz Liszt died 123 years ago

Franz Liszt was born on October 22, 1811 in Raiding, Austria. He composed the solo piano works Liebesträume and many, many more. Mr. Liszt died on July 31, 1886 in Bayreuth, Germany.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Buffalo Bob Smith died 11 years ago

Buffalo Bob Smith was born on November 27, 1917 as Robert Emil Schmidt in Buffalo, New York. He hosted the TV show Howdy Doody. Mr. Smith died on July 30, 1998 in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Claudette Colbert died 13 years ago

Claudette Colbert was born on September 13, 1903 as Emilie Claudette Chauchoin in Saint-Mandé, France. She acted in the 1934 movie Imitation of Life. Ms. Colbert died on July 30, 1996 in Speightstown, Barbados.

Howard Dietz died 26 years ago

Howard Dietz was born on September 8, 1896 in New York City, New York. He wrote the lyrics to the song Dancing in the Dark. Mr. Dietz died on July 30, 1983 in New York City, New York.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vincent van Gogh died 119 years ago

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Zundert, The Netherlands. He painted The Starry Night and many, many other works. Mr. van Gogh died on July 29, 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

“Mama” Cass Elliot died 35 years ago

”Mama” Cass Elliot was born on September 19, 1941 as Ellen Naomi Cohen in Baltimore, Maryland. She was part of the singing group The Mamas and the Papas. She sang the songs Dream a Little Dream of Me and Make Your Own Kind of Music. Ms. Elliot died on July 29, 1974 in London, England.

David Niven died 26 years ago

David Niven was born on March 1, 1910 as James David Graham Niven in London, England. He acted as “Phileas Fogg” in the 1956 movie Around the World in 80 Days. Mr. Niven died on July 29, 1983 in Château-d'Œx, Switzerland.

Fred Waring died 25 years ago

Fred Waring was born on June 9, 1900 as Fredrick Malcolm Waring in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. He was the bandleader of the Pennsylvanians. He also promoted the Waring Blender. Mr. Waring died on July 29, 1984 in State College, Pennsylvania.

Jerome Robbins died 11 years ago

Jerome Robbins was born on October 11, 1918 as Jerome Rabinowitz in New York City, New York. He directed and choreographed the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Mr. Robbins died on July 29, 1998 in New York City, New York.

Marvin Zindler died 2 years ago

Marvin Harold Zindler was born on August 10, 1921 in Houston, Texas. He was most known for the Chicken Ranch story and his Rat and Roach Report. Mr. Zindler died on July 29, 2007 in Houston, Texas.

Robert Schumann died 153 years ago

Robert Schumann was born on June 8, 1810 in Zwichau, Saxony, Germany. He composed many, many works. Mr. Schumann died on July 29, 1856 in Endenich, Prussia, Germany.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Francis Crick died 5 years ago

Francis Crick was born on June 8, 1916 in Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England. He co-discovered the DNA structure. Mr. Crick died on July 28, 2004 in San Diego, California.

Johann Sebastian Bach died 259 years ago

Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 31, 1685 in Eisenach, Germany. He composed the Brandenburg concertos. Mr. Bach died on July 28, 1750 in Leipzig, Germany.

Antonio Vivaldi died 268 years ago

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born on March 4, 1678 in Venice (Italy). He composed the set of four violin concertos The Four Seasons. Mr. Vivaldi died on July 28, 1741 in Vienna, Austria.

Cyrano de Bergerac died 354 years ago

Cyrano de Bergerac was born on March 6, 1619 as Hector Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac in Paris, France. He was a playwright. Mr. de Bergerac died on July 28, 1655 in Paris, France.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Bob Hope died 6 years ago

Bob Hope was born on May 29, 1903 as Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England. He acted in the 1942 movie Road to Morocco and many, many more. Mr. Hope died on July 27, 2003 in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California.

Miklós Rózsa died 14 years ago

Miklós Rózsa was born on April 18, 1907 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. He composed the score for the 1959 movie Ben-Hur and many more. Mr. Rózsa died on July 27, 1995 in Los Angeles, California.

Bobby Day died 19 years ago

Bobby Day was born on July 1, 1928 as Robert James Byrd, Sr. in Fort Worth, Texas. He wrote the song Over and Over. Mr. Day died on July 27, 1990 in Los Angeles, California.

James Mason died 25 years ago

James Neville Mason was born on May 15, 1909 in Huddersfield, England. He acted in the 1954 movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Mr. Mason died on July 27, 1984 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Gertrude Stein died 63 years ago

Gertrude Stein was born on February 3, 1874 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She collected modern art. Ms. Stein died on July 27, 1946 in Paris, France.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mary Wells died 17 years ago

Mary Esther Wells was born on May 13, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. She wrote and sang the song My Guy. Ms. Wells died on July 26, 1992 in Los Angeles, California.

Diane Arbus died 38 years ago

Diane Arbus was born on March 14, 1923 as Diane Nemerov in New York City, New York. She was a photographer. Ms. Arbus died on July 26, 1971 in New York City, New York.

Frank Loesser died 40 years ago

Frank Henry Loesser was born on June 29, 1910 in New York City, New York. He wrote the song Baby, It’s Cold Outside and many, many more. Mr. Loesser died on July 26, 1969 in New York City, New York.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Charlie Rich died 14 years ago

Charlie Rich was born on December 14, 1932 as Charles Rich in Colt, Arkansas. He sang the song Behind Closed Doors. Mr. Rich died on July 25, 1995 in Hammond, Louisiana.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Albert Ellis died 2 years ago

Albert Ellis was born on September 27, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. He debated with psychologist Nathaniel Branden and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz... Mr. Ellis died on July 24, 2007 in New York City, New York.

Peter Sellers died 29 years ago

Peter Sellers was born on September 8, 1925 as Richard Henry Sellers in Southsea, Portsmouth, England. He acted as “Inspector Clouseau” in The Pink Panther movies. Mr. Sellers died on July 24, 1980 in London, England.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ron Miller died 2 years ago

Ronald Norman Miller was born around 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He co-wrote the songs For Once in My Life, Touch Me in the Morning, and I’ve Never Been to Me. Mr. Miller died on July 23, 2007 in Santa Monica, California.

Montgomery Clift died 43 years ago

Montgomery Clift was born on October 17, 1920 as Edward Montgomery Clift in Omaha, Nebraska. He acted in the 1961 movie The Misfits. Mr. Clift died on July 23, 1966 in New York City, New York.

Isaac Singer died 134 years ago

Isaac Merritt Singer was born on October 27, 1811 in Pittstown, New York. He founded the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Mr. Singer died on July 23, 1875 in Devon, England.

Domenico Scarlatti died 252 years ago

Domenico Scarlatti was born on October 26, 1685 as Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti in Naples, Italy. He composed many keyboard sonatas. Mr. Scarlatti died on July 23, 1757 in Madrid, Spain.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Estelle Getty died 1 year ago

Estelle Getty was born on July 25, 1923 as Estelle Scher in New York City, New York. She acted as “Sophia Petrillo” on the TV sitcom The Golden Girls. Ms. Getty died on July 22, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

Carl Sandburg died 42 years ago

Carl Sandburg was born on January 6, 1878 in Galesburg, Illinois. He wrote the Rootabaga Stories. Mr. Sandburg died on July 22, 1967 in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Jerry Goldsmith died 5 years ago

Jerry Goldsmith was born on February 10, 1929 as Jerrald King Goldsmith in Los Angeles, California. He composed Star Trek movie scores. Mr. Goldsmith died on July 21, 2004 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Marc Reisner died 9 years ago

Marc Reisner was born on September 14, 1948 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He wrote the book Cadillac Desert. Mr. Reisner died on July 21, 2000 in San Anselmo, California.

Robert Young died 11 years ago

Robert George Young was born on February 22, 1907 in Chicago, Illinois. He acted in the TV shows Father Knows Best and Marcus Welby, M.D.. Mr. Young died on July 21, 1998 in Westlake Village, California.

Basil Rathbone died 42 years ago

Basil Rathbone was born on June 13, 1892 as Philip St. John Basil Rathbone in Johannesburg, South Africa. He acted in the 1940 movie The Mark of Zorro. Mr. Rathbone died on July 21, 1967 in New York City, New York.

Robert G. Ingersoll died 110 years ago

Robert Green Ingersoll was born on August 11, 1833 in Dresden, New York. He was an author. There is a statue of him in Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Ingersoll died on July 21, 1899 in Walston, Dobbs Ferry-on-Hudson, New York.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner died 2 years ago

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner was born on March 7, 1942 as Tamara Faye LaValley in International Falls, Minnesota. She had been the wife of Jim Bakker. Together they founded the PTL Club. Ms. Messner died on July 20, 2007 in Loch Lloyd, Missouri.

Sandra Gould died 10 years ago

Sandra Gould was born on July 23, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. She acted as “Gladys Kravitz” on the TV sitcom Bewitched. Ms. Gould died on July 20, 1999 in Burbank, California.

Vince Foster died 16 years ago

Vince Foster was born on January 15, 1945 as Vincent Walker Foster, Jr. in Hope, Arkansas. He was a lawyer and White House Counsel. Mr. Foster died on July 20, 1993 in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Jack Warden died 3 years ago

Jack Warden was born on September 18, 1920 as John H. Lebzeller in Newark, New Jersey. He acted in the 1957 movie 12 Angry Men. Mr. Warden died on July 19, 2006 in New York City, New York.

Joe Flynn died 35 years ago

Joe Flynn was born on November 8, 1924 in Youngstown, Ohio. He acted in the TV sitcom McHale’s Navy. Mr. Flynn died on July 19, 1974 in Los Angeles, California.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Karl Menninger died 19 years ago

Karl Augustus Menninger was born on July 22, 1893 in Topeka, Kansas. He was a psychiatrist. He wrote an interesting letter to psychiatrist and author Thomas Szasz... Mr. Menninger died on July 18, 1990 in Topeka, Kansas.

Mary Jo Kopechne died 40 years ago

Mary Jo Kopechne was born on July 26, 1940 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She died on July 18, 1969 on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts.

Jane Austen died 192 years ago

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire, England. She wrote the novels Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. Ms. Austen died on July 18, 1817 in Winchester, Hampshire, England.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Billie Holiday died 50 years ago

Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915 as Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She composed and sang the song Stormy Blues. Ms. Holiday died on July 17, 1959 in New York City, New York.

Adam Smith died 219 years ago

Adam Smith was born around June 16, 1723 at Kirkcaldy, Scotland. He wrote the book An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Mr. Smith died on July 17, 1790 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jo Stafford died 1 year ago

Jo Elizabeth Stafford was born on November 12, 1917 in Coalinga, California. She sang the songs No Other Love (based on Chopin’s Etude Op. 10, No. 3) and I’ll Be Seeing You. Ms. Stafford died on July 16, 2008 in Century City, Los Angeles, California.

Wayne King died 24 years ago

Wayne King was born on February 16, 1901 as Harold Wayne King in Savanna, Illinois. His orchestra played the song Dream a Little Dream of Me. Mr. King died on July 16, 1985 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bert Convy died 18 years ago

Bert Convy was born on July 23, 1933 as Bernard Whalen Convy in St. Louis, Missouri. He hosted the TV game show Win, Lose or Draw. Mr. Convy died on July 15, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.

Carl Czerny died 152 years ago

Carl Czerny was born on February 21, 1791 in Vienna, Austria. He composed many, many compositions, including those wonderful finger-exercise etudes that pianists love so much... Mr. Czerny died on July 15, 1857 in Vienna, Austria.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Meredith MacRae died 9 years ago

Meredith MacRae was born on May 30, 1944 in Houston, Texas. She was the daughter of actor and singer Gordon MacRae. She acted as “Billie Jo” in the TV sitcom Petticoat Junction. Ms. MacRae died on July 14, 2000 in Manhattan Beach, California.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Red Buttons died 3 years ago

Red Buttons was born on February 5, 1919 as Aaron Chwatt in New York City, New York. He acted in the movie The Poseidon Adventure. Mr. Buttons died on July 13, 2006 in Century City, Los Angeles, California.

Frida Kahlo died 55 years ago

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 as Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón in Coyoacán, Mexico. She painted a self portrait. Ms. Kahlo died on July 13, 1954 in Coyoacán, Mexico.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Minnie Riperton died 30 years ago

Minnie Julia Riperton was born on November 8, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. She co-wrote and sang the song Lovin’ You. Ms. Riperton died on July 12, 1979 in Los Angeles, California.

Desiderius Erasmus died 473 years ago

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus was born on October 27, 1466 or 1469 as Gerrit Gerritszoon or Herasmus Gerritszoon in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He wrote the book The Praise of Folly. Mr. Erasmus died on July 12, 1536 in Basel, Switzerland.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Michael DeBakey died 1 year ago

Michael Ellis DeBakey was born on September 7, 1908 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was a cardiac surgeon and medical pioneer. Mr. DeBakey died on July 12, 2008 in Houston, Texas.

Barnard Hughes died 3 years ago

Barnard Hughes was born on July 16, 1915 as Bernard Aloysius Kiernan Hughes in Bedford Hills, New York. He acted in the TV comedy series Blossom. Mr. Hughes died on July 11, 2006 in New York City, New York.

Helen Forrest died 10 years ago

Helen Forrest was born on April 12, 1917 as Helen Fogel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She sang the songs Deep Purple and All the Things You Are. Ms. Forrest died on July 11, 1999 in Woodland Hills, California.

Gary Kildall died 15 years ago

Gary Arlen Kildall was born on May 19, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. He created CP/M, a microcomputer operating system. Mr. Kildall died on July 11, 1994 in Monterey, California.

George Gershwin died 72 years ago

George Gershwin was born on September 26, 1898 as Jacob Gershowitz in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He composed Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and many more. Mr. Gershwin died on July 11, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Mel Blanc died 20 years ago

Mel Blanc was born on May 30, 1908 as Melvin Jerome Blanc in San Francisco, California. He was the voice of Bugs Bunny and many more. Mr. Blanc died on July 10, 1989 in Los Angeles, California.

Arthur Fiedler died 30 years ago

Arthur Fiedler was born on December 17, 1894 in Boston, Massachusetts. He conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Fiedler died on July 10, 1979 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Charles Lane died 2 years ago

Charles Lane was born on January 26, 1905 as Charles Gerstle Levison in San Francisco, California. He acted as “Mr. Finch” on the TV sitcom Dennis the Menace and as “Mr. Barnstahl” on the TV sitcom The Lucy Show. Mr. Lane died on July 9, 2007 in Santa Monica, California.

Isabel Sanford died 5 years ago

Isabel Sanford was born on August 29, 1917 as Eloise Gwendolyn Sanford in New York City, New York. She acted as “Louise ‘Weezy’ Jefferson” in the TV sitcoms All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Ms. Sanford died on July 9, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

Rod Steiger died 7 years ago

Rod Steiger was born on April 14, 1925 as Rodney Stephen Steiger in Westhampton, New York. He acted in the movie Doctor Zhivago. Mr. Steiger died on July 9, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

June Allyson died 3 years ago

June Allyson was born on October 7, 1917 as Eleanor Geisman in the Bronx, New York City, New York. She acted in the movie Words and Music. Ms. Allyson died on July 8, 2006 in Ojai, California.

Dick Sargent died 15 years ago

Dick Sargent was born on April 19, 1930 as Richard Stanford Cox in Carmel, California. He acted as “Darrin Stephens” on the TV sitcom Bewitched. Mr. Sargent died on July 8, 1994 in Los Angeles, California.

James Franciscus died 18 years ago

James Grover Franciscus was born on January 31, 1934 in Clayton, Missouri. He acted in the movie Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Mr. Franciscus died on July 8, 1991 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Howard Duff died 19 years ago

Howard Green Duff was born on November 24, 1913 in Charleston, Washington. He acted in the TV drama series Knots Landing. Mr. Duff died on July 8, 1990 in Santa Barbara, California.

Percy Bysshe Shelley died 187 years ago

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on August 4, 1792 in Horsham, England. He wrote the play Prometheus Unbound. Mr. Shelley died on July 8, 1822 in Viareggio, Italy.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fred Neil died 8 years ago

Fred Neil was born on March 16, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio. He composed the song Everybody’s Talkin’. Mr. Neil died on July 7, 2001 in Summerland Key, Florida.

Veronica Lake died 36 years ago

Veronica Lake was born on November 14, 1922 as Constance Frances Marie Ockelman in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. She acted in the movie The Blue Dahlia. Ms. Lake died on July 7, 1973 in Burlington, Vermont.

Vivien Leigh died 42 years ago

Vivien Leigh was born on November 5, 1913 as Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. She acted as “Scarlett O’Hara” in the movie Gone with the Wind. Ms. Leigh died on July 7, 1967 in London, England.

And then there’s that OTHER version of “Gone with the Wind”:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Buddy Ebsen died 6 years ago

Buddy Ebsen was born on April 2, 1908 in Belleville, Illinois. He acted as “Jed Clampett” in the TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. Mr. Ebsen died on July 6, 2003 in Torrance, California.

Wladyslaw Szpilman died 9 years ago

Wladyslaw Szpilman was born on December 5, 1911 in Sosnowiec, Poland. The movie The Pianist was based on his autobiographical book. Mr. Szpilman died on July 6, 2000 in Warsaw, Poland.

Roy Rogers died 11 years ago

Roy Rogers was born on November 5, 1911 as Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio. He sang the song Don’t Fence Me In. Mr. Rogers died on July 6, 1998 in Apple Valley, California.

Van McCoy died 30 years ago

Van McCoy was born on January 6, 1940 as Van Allen Clinton McCoy in Washington, D.C. He composed the song The Hustle. Mr. McCoy died on July 6, 1979 in Englewood, New Jersey.

Louis Armstrong died 38 years ago

Louis Daniel Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He sang the song Hello, Dolly!. Mr. Armstrong died on July 6, 1971 in Queens, New York City, New York.

William Faulkner died 47 years ago

William Cuthbert Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi. He wrote the novel The Sound and the Fury. Mr. Faulkner died on July 6, 1962 in Byhalia, Mississippi.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Kerwin Mathews died 2 years ago

Kerwin Mathews was born on January 8, 1926 in Seattle, Washington. He acted in the movie The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Mr. Mathews died on July 5, 2007 in San Francisco, California.

Shirley Goodman died 4 years ago

Shirley Goodman was born on June 19, 1936 as Shirley Mae Goodman in New Orleans, Louisiana. She sang the disco song Shame, Shame, Shame. Ms. Goodman died on July 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

Mrs. Elva Miller died 12 years ago

Mrs. Elva Miller was born on October 5, 1907 as Elva Ruby Connes in Joplin, Missouri. She sang the songs Downtown and A Lover’s Concerto. Mrs. Miller died on July 5, 1997 in Vista, California.

Harry James died 26 years ago

Harry James was born on March 15, 1916 as Harry Haag James in Albany, Georgia. He was a trumpeter player. Mr. James died on July 5, 1983 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Barry White died 6 years ago

Barry White was born on September 12, 1944 as Barrence Eugene Carter in Galveston, Texas. He performed the song It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me and more. Mr. White died on July 4, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.

Compare that to the later song “Rock DJ” by Robbie Williams:

Eva Gabor died 14 years ago

Eva Gabor was born on February 11, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary. She acted as “Lisa Douglas” in the TV sitcom Green Acres. Ms. Gabor died on July 4, 1995 in Los Angeles, California.

Jack Haig died 20 years ago

Jack Haig was born on January 5, 1913 as John Cecil Coppin in London, England. He acted as “Monsieur LeClerc” in the British TV sitcom ’Allo ‘Allo!. Mr. Haig died on July 4, 1989 in London, England.

Thomas Jefferson died 183 years ago

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia. He was the main author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Mr. Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Boots Randolph died 2 years ago

Boots Randolph was born on June 3, 1927 as Homer Louis Randolph III in Paducah, Kentucky. He wrote the song Yakety Sax. Mr. Randolph died on July 3, 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Johnny Russell died 8 years ago

Johnny Russell was born on January 23, 1940 as John Bright Russell in Sunflower County, Mississippi. He co-wrote the song Act Naturally. Mr. Russell died on July 3, 2001 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jim Backus died 20 years ago

Jim Backus was born on February 25, 1913 as James Gilmore Backus in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the voice of "Mr. Magoo". He acted as “Thurston Howell, III” in the TV sitcom Gilligan’s Island. Mr. Backus died on July 3, 1989 in Los Angeles, California.

Rudy Vallée died 23 years ago

Rudy Vallée was born on July 28, 1901 as Hubert Prior Vallée in Island Pond, Vermont. He was a singer, actor, bandleader, and saxophonist. Mr. Vallée died on July 3, 1986 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Jim Morrison died 38 years ago

Jim Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 as James Douglas Morrison in Melbourne, Florida. He was the lead singer and lyricist for The Doors. Mr. Morrison died on July 3, 1971 in Paris, France.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Beverly Sills died 2 years ago

Beverly Sills was born on May 25, 1929 as Belle Miriam Silverman in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. She was an operatic soprano. Ms. Sills died on July 2, 2007 in New York City, New York.

James Stewart died 12 years ago

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He acted in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Mr. Stewart died on July 2, 1997 in Los Angeles, California.

Fred Gwynne died 16 years ago

Fred Gwynne was born on July 10, 1926 as Frederick Hubbard Gwynne in New York City, New York. He acted as “Herman Munster” in the TV sitcom The Munsters. Mr. Gwynne died on July 2, 1993 in Taneytown, Maryland.

Lee Remick died 18 years ago

Lee Ann Remick was born on December 14, 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts. She acted in the movie Days of Wine and Roses. Ms. Remick died on July 2, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.

Betty Grable died 36 years ago

Betty Grable was born on December 18, 1916 as Elizabeth Ruth Grable in St. Louis, Missouri. She acted in the movie How to Marry a Millionaire. Ms. Grable died on July 2, 1973 in Santa Monica, California.

Ernest Hemingway died 48 years ago

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He wrote the novella The Old Man and the Sea. Mr. Hemingway died on July 2, 1961 in Ketchum, Idaho.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau died 231 years ago

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born on June 28, 1712 in Geneva, Switzerland. He wrote the book The Social Contract. Mr. Rousseau died on July 2, 1778 in Ermenonville, France.

Nostradamus died 443 years ago

Nostradamus was born on December 14 (or 21), 1503 as Michel de Nostredame in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. He wrote the Almanacs. Nostradamus died on July 2, 1566 in Salon, Provence, France.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Molllie Sugden died today

Mollie Sugden was born on July 21, 1922 as Mary Isobel Sugden in Keighley, Yorkshire, England. She acted as "Mrs. Slocombe" in the British TV sitcom Are You Being Served? Ms. Sugden died on July 1, 2009 in Guildford, Surrey, England.

Luther Vandross died 4 years ago

Luther Ronzoni Vandross was born on April 20, 1951 in Manhattan, New York City, New York. He wrote and sang the song Never Too Much. Mr. Vandross died on July 1, 2005 in Edison, New Jersey.

Marlon Brando died 5 years ago

Marlon Brando was born on April 3, 1924 as Marlon Brando, Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska. He acted in the movie A Streetcar Named Desire. Mr. Brando died on July 1, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.