Today in History for 12th July 2024

Historical Events

1878 – Fever epidemic in New Orleans begin, it will kill 4,500
1898 – Jean-Baptiste Marchand hoists French flag in Fashoda, Sudan
1949 – LA Rams sign Norm Van Brocklin
1969 – As the ‘marching season’ reaches its height there is serious rioting in Derry, Belfast and Dungiven; many families in Belfast are forced to move from their homes
2006 – Hezbollah initiates Operation True Promise.
2017 – World’s largest iceberg (later christened A68) breaks away from Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, about 6,000 sq km in length

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Famous Birthdays

1644 – Arnold Moonen, Dutch vicar and linguist (David’s holy saint graduals), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1711)
1880 – Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1962)
1928 – Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 2008)
1942 – Richard Stoltzman, American clarinetist (Tashi), born in Omaha, Nebraska
1949 – Rick Hendrick, American NASCAR team owner (Hendrick Motorsports; 7 x NASCAR Cup Series titles), born in Palmer Springs, Virginia
1966 – Allegra Curtis, model and daughter of Christine Kaufmann and Tony Curtis, born in London, England

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Famous Deaths

1897 – Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, dies at 78
1918 – Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer, dies at 54
2007 – Robert Burås, Norwegian rock guitarist (Madrugada; My Midnight Creeps), dies at 31
2009 – Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster, dies at 70
2014 – Pat Costello Jr., American rower (Olympics, 1952, silver – 1956), dies at 85
2019 – Arno Marsh, American jazz saxophonist (Woody Herman), and bandleader, dies at 91

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Today in History for 11th July 2024

Historical Events

1961 – Gene Kiniski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
1969 – David Bowie releases the single “Space Oddity” 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon
1990 – Oka Crisis: First Nations land dispute in Quebec, Canada begins between Mohawk people and town of Oka
1995 – All star MVP: Jeff Conine (Florida Marlins)
2001 – Iraq resumes oil exports, ending a 5-week halt in protest of a US and British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution
2018 – Oldest stone tools outside Africa discovered in Lantian country, western China, estimated 2.12 million years old made by hominins

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Famous Birthdays

1778 – Juan Lovera, Venezuelan artist, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1841)
1841 – Daniël de Lange, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1918)
1931 – Hans Klein, German politician (Vice President Bundestag 1990-96), born in Šumperk, Czechoslovakia (d. 1996)
1931 – Tullio Regge, Italian physicist (Regge theory), born in Borgo d’Ale, Italy (d. 2014)
1959 – Richie Sambora, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Bon Jovi, 1983-2018 – “Livin’ on a Prayer”), boyfriend of Cher (1989-90), and husband of Heather Locklear (1994-2007), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
1984 – Rachael Taylor, Australian actress (Jessica Jones), born in Launceston, Tasmania

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Famous Deaths

1302 – Pierre Flote, French legist and Chancellor of France under King Philip IV, dies in the Battle of the Golden Spurs
1581 – Peder Skram, Danish senator and naval hero
1768 – Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, Spanish composer, dies at 66
1959 – (Rossiere) “Shadow” Wilson, American jazz drummer (Thelonious Monk), dies of meningitis at 39
2009 – Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)
2018 – Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 87

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Today in History for 10th July 2024

Historical Events

1936 – 112°F (44°C) at Martinsburg, West Virginia (state record)
1956 – 650,000 US steel workers go on strike
1971 – Failed assassination attempt on King Hassan II of Morocco, 101 killed
1990 – Final day of Test Cricket for Richard Hadlee as New Zealand go down by 114 runs in 3rd Test v England at Edgbaston
1994 – Revival of Henrik Ibsen’s stage drama “Hedda Gabler”, starring Kelly McGillis, opens at Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 33 performances
2001 – Amerada Hess agrees to acquire Triton Energy for $2.7 billion in cash

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Famous Birthdays

1419 – Emperor Go-Hanazono, 102nd Emperor of Japan (d. 1471)
1870 – Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), born in Poissy, France (d. 1953)
1900 – Mitchell Parish [Michael Pashelinsky], Lithuanian-American lyricist (“Stardust”; “It’s Wonderful”; “Moonlight Serenade”; “Sweet Lorraine”), born in Lithuania, Russian Empire (d. 1993)
1921 – Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of popular ‘smiley-face’ graphic, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
1946 – Sue Lyon, American actress (Lolita, Night of the Iguana), born in Davenport, Iowa
1951 – Phyllis Smith, American actress (Phyllis Vance-The Office), born in The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri

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Famous Deaths

1590 – Archduke Charles II of Austria (b. 1540)
1621 – Karel Bonaventura Buquoy, French soldier (b. 1571)
1851 – Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer (daguerreotype), dies at 63
1953 – Sidney Homer, American composer, dies at 88
1973 – Wallace “Bud” Smith, American boxer (World lightweight title 1955-56), dies of gunshot wounds at 49
2005 – Roland Bengtsson, Swedish guitarist, lute player and double bassist, dies at 88

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Today in History for 9th July 2024

Historical Events

1910 – Walter Brookins, flying a Wright biplane over Atlantic City, New Jersey, becomes 1st to fly an airplane to an altitude of 1 mile (actually reaching 6,175 feet or 1.169 miles)
1941 – Dutch-American Physicist Abraham Pais is awarded his Ph.D. in Holland five days before a Nazi deadline banning Jews from receiving degrees
1946 – 13th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 12-0 at Fenway Park, Boston
1986 – Atlanta’s Dale Murphy doesn’t play ending consecutive streak at 740
2011 – Super Rugby Final, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Queensland Reds beat Canterbury Crusaders 18-13 at home for their first SR title
2022 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan claims her first Grand Slam title with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur; first Kazakhstani player to win a major title

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Famous Birthdays

1887 – Samuel Eliot Morison, American historian (Admiral of the Ocean Sea), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1976)
1926 – Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2015)
1936 – David Zinman, American composer and conductor (Baltimore Symphony, 1985-98), born in New York City
1944 – Dorian Rudnytsky, American concert and session cellist (New York Rock and Roll Ensemble), and composer (Costa Blanca Suite), born in New York City
1969 – Robert Gordon, American CFL and Arena football receiver, 1991-2005 (Edmonton Eskimos, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and 7 other teams), born in Detroit, Michigan
1990 – Fábio and Rafael da Silva, Brazilian footballers

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Famous Deaths

1706 – Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, French Canadian sailor and explorer and adventurer (explored Hudson Bay and Louisiana), dies of fever in Havana at 44
1932 – King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, dies at 77
1995 – Julian Graham Theodore Hough, actor (Deathwatch, Shout), dies at 47
2006 – Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores – “Three Times A Lady”), dies of cancer at 58
2019 – Rip Torn [Elmore Rual Torn Jr], American actor, voice artist and comedian (Cross Creek, The Larry Sanders Show), dies at 88
2023 – Luis Suárez, Spanish soccer midfielder (32 caps; Barcelona, Inter Milan, Sampdoria) and manager (Spain 1988-91; Cagliari, SPAL, Como, Inter Milan, Deportivo La Coruña), dies at 88

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Today in History for 8th July 2024

Historical Events

1862 – Theodore R. Timby is granted a US patent for discharging guns in a revolving turret, using electricity
1913 – Alfred Carlton Gilbert’s patent for the Erector Set is issued, it becomes one of the most popular toys of all time
1971 – During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; riots erupt, the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraw from Stormont in protest
2008 – American businessman T. Boone Pickens announces his “Pickens Plan”, an energy policy that moves away from imported oil
2012 – US Open Women’s Golf, Blackwolf Run: Na Yeon Choi of South Korea wins her first major championship, 4 strokes ahead of compatriot Amy Yang
2021 – Global known death toll from COVID-19 passes 4 million (equal to all deaths in battle since 1982)

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Famous Birthdays

1545 – Don Carlos, Prince of Asturias, son of Spanish King Philip II, born in Valladolid, Spain (d. 1568)
1760 – Christian Kramp, French mathematician known for his work with factorials, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1826)
1838 – Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and inventor (rigid dirigibles) who founded the Zeppelin airship company, born in Konstanz, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany (d. 1917)
1913 – Walter Kerr, American actor, writer (Goldilocks) and Broadway theatre critic, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1996)
1944 – Jeffrey Tambor, American character actor (Larry Sanders – “Hank”; Arrested Decelopment), born in San Francisco, California
1960 – Mal Meninga, Australian rugby league centre (46 Tests, 32 games Queensland; St. Helens, Canberra; RL “Immortal”) and coach (Australia, 30 games Queensland, Canberra), born in Bundaberg, Australia

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Famous Deaths

1933 – Anthony Hope, British novelist and playwright (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies of cancer at 70
1956 – Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, Dutch politician (1954 Nobel Peace Prize as High Commissioner for Refugees of the UN), dies at 55
1974 – Morris “Moose” Charlap, American Broadway composer (Peter Pan; Kelly), dies at 45
1977 – Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, dies at 89
2015 – Ken Stabler, American Pro Football HOF quarterback (4 x Pro Bowl; NFL MVP, First-team All-Pro 1974; Super Bowl 1976; Oakland Raiders), dies of colon cancer at 69
2020 – Abdelmajid Tlemçani, Tunisian soccer striker (54 caps; Espérance Sportive de Tunis), dies at 82

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Today in History for 7th July 2024

Historical Events

1456 – A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death
1850 – Scottish explorer Edward Eyre reaches Albany, Western Australia
1891 – Marcellus F. Berry, an American Express employee is granted four copyrights for what he called “the travelers cheque”
1939 – “The Rules of the Game”, French film directed by Jean Renoir, starring Nora Gregor and Paulette Dubost, premieres in Paris
1962 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1978 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her first Grand Slam singles title beating Chris Evert 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

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Famous Birthdays

1813 – William Scott Ketchum, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1871)
1947 – Howard Rheingold, American critic and writer on virtual communities, born in Phoenix, Arizona
1952 – Mando Guerrero, Mexican professional wrestler, born in Mexico City
1968 – Chuck Knoblauch, American baseball shortstop (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Houston, Texas
1969 – Robin Weigert, American actress, born in Washington, D.C.
1982 – George Owu, Ghanaian footballer, born in Accra, Ghana

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Famous Deaths

1794 – Pascal Boyer, French composer, dies at 51
1816 – Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright (The Rivals, The School for Scandal) and Whig MP, dies at 64
1990 – Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle, German Jesuit priest and Buddhism Zen teacher, dies at 92
1992 – Clint Frank, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1937; unanimous All-American 1937; Yale), dies at 76
2001 – Edward Fiennes-Clinton, Australian-born 18th Earl of Lincoln, dies at 88
2014 – Lois Johnson, American country music singer (“Loving You Will Never Grow Old”), dies at 72

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Today in History for 6th July 2024

Historical Events

1529 – Conquistador Hernán Cortés granted lands and title of Marquisate of the Oaxaca Valley by Spanish King Charles V
1947 – The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union
1964 – The Beatles’ film “A Hard Day’s Night” premieres at The Pavilion in London, England
1984 – New Zealand sisters Liz and Rose Signal become the first twins to play in the same cricket Test match, v England at Headingley
1992 – Fay Vincent institutes plans to realign NL
1999 – U.S. Army private Barry Winchell dies from baseball-bat injuries inflicted in his sleep the previous day by fellow soldiers for his relationship with transgendered showgirl and former Navy combat medic, Calpernia Addams

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Famous Birthdays

1903 – (Axel) Hugo Theorell, Swedish biochemist (Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology, 1955, for discovery of oxidoreductase enzymes), born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1982)
1930 – Françoise Mallet-Joris, Belgian writer (Signs and Wonders), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2016)
1944 – Byron Berline, American world champion bluegrass fiddle player, born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2021)
1951 – Geoffrey Rush, Australian actor (Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech), born in Toowoomba, Queensland
1965 – Glenn Scarpelli, American actor (Alex-One Day At a Time, Fantasy), born in Staten Island, New York
1980 – Eva Green, French actress and model (Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale), born in Paris, France

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Famous Deaths

1795 – Georg Gottfried Petri, German composer, dies at 79
1871 – Antonio de Castro Alves, Brazilian poet (O navio negreiro), dies at 34
1893 – Guy de Maupassant, French author (Boule de Suif), dies four days after trying to commit suicide by cutting his throat at 42
1973 – Joe E. Brown, American comedian (Buck Circus Hour), dies after long illness at 80
1989 – Janos Kádár, 46th Prime Minister of Hungary 5th Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the People’s Republic of Hungary (1956-58), dies at 77
2015 – Masabumi Kikuchi, Japanese jazz pianist, synthesizer player, and composer, dies of a subdural hematoma at 75

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Today in History for 5th July 2024

Historical Events

1643 – 1st recorded tornado in US (Essex County, Massachusetts)
1814 – Americans defeat British and Canadians at Chippewa, Ontario
1859 – American sealing ship Captain N. C. Brooks discovers the uninhabited Midway Islands in the North Pacific Ocean and claims for the US
1907 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: American May Sutton avenges previous year’s defeat, beating Dorothea Chambers 6-1, 6-4
1987 – Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Pat Cash of Australia scores his only Grand Slam singles success 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Ivan Lendl
2023 – Meta launches Threads – Instagram’s new public conversations app – a day later it becomes the most rapidly downloaded app ever with 30 million downloads

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Famous Birthdays

1852 – Stefano Gobatti, Italian composer, born in Bergantino, Italy (d. 1913)
1879 – Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of Davis Cup, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1945)
1946 – Gerard ‘t Hooft, Dutch physicist (1999 Nobel Prize for Physics -for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions), born in Den Helder, Netherlands
1947 – Atanas Golomeev, Bulgarian basketball center (FIBA EuroBasket Top Scorer 1973 Academic Sofia, 1975 Levski Sofia; FIBA European Selection 1971, 73, 75, 77), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2023)
1957 – David Hanson, British Labour politician, born in Liverpool
1995 – P.V. Sindhu, Indian badminton player (World C’ship gold women’s singles 2019; Olympic silver 2016, bronze 2020), born in Hyderabad, India

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Famous Deaths

1626 – Stephan Fadinger, Austrian boer leader, dies in battle
1981 – Jorge Urrutia Blondel, Chilean composer, dies at 75
1985 – Marion Byron, actress (Steamboat Bill Jr), dies at 73
1989 – Ernesto Halffter, Spanish classical and film score composer (Rapsodia portuguesa; is Don Quixote de la Mancha), and conductor, dies at 84
2007 – Régine Crespin, French operatic mezzo-soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1962-87; Sheherazade, Les Nuits D’ete), dies of liver cancer at 80
2020 – Volodymyr Troshkin, Ukrainian soccer defender (31 caps, USSR; Dynamo Kiev 205 games), dies at 72

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Today in History for 4th July 2024

Historical Events

1875 – White Democrats kill several blacks in terrorist attacks in Vicksburg
1888 – 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Arizona
1910 – “Fight of the Century”: Jack Johnson beats James J. Jeffries by TKO in 15 in Reno, Nevada to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
1954 – FIFA World Cup Final, Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland: Helmut Rahn scores twice as West Germany beats Hungary, 3-2
1987 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova earns 8th Wimbledon singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Steffi Graf
2006 – Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission – Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.

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Famous Birthdays

1895 – Eric Marx, South African cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, 3 wickets; 240 on FC debut for Transvaal), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1974)
1896 – Mao Dun [Shen Dehong], Chinese writer (Midnight), born in Tongxiang, China (d. 1981)
1905 – Dante Fiorillo, American composer, born in New York City (d. 1970)
1937 – Thomas Nagel, American philosopher and University Professor of Philosophy and Law Emeritus at New York University, born in Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
1957 – Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand, the youngest daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, born in Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall Dusit Palace, Bangkok
1964 – Mark Whiting, American filmmaker and actor, born in Birmingham, Michigan

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Famous Deaths

1901 – John Fiske [Edmund Fisk Green], American historian and philosopher, dies at 59
1923 – Florimond Fonteyne, Belgian priest and politician (Volkseeuw), dies at 67
1985 – Jan de Quay, Dutch politician (KVP, Prime Minister of the Netherlands 1959-63), dies at 83
1999 – Ronny Graham [Stringer], American composer, lyricist, screenwriter (M*A*S*H (TV series), and actor (Chico and the Man; Mel Brooks films), dies of liver disease at 79
2021 – Dicky Maegle [born Moegle], American College Football HOF halfback (Rice Uni; Pro Bowl 1955, SF 49ers) and broadcaster (color announcer Houston Oilers), dies at 86
2022 – Hank Goldberg, American sports broadcaster (radio colour commentator Miami Dolphins 1978-92; ESPN2, ESPN Radio), dies from chronic kidney disease at 82

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Today in History for 3rd July 2024

Historical Events

1814 – Americans capture Fort Erie, Canada (War of 1812)
1890 – Idaho admitted as 43rd US state
1959 – Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American-based Peruvian Alex Olmedo wins his only Wimbledon title beating Rod Laver of Australia 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
1976 – Adolfo Suárez becomes premier of Spain
1988 – US Vincennes in Strait of Hormoez shoots Iran Airbus A300, kills 290
1999 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf 6-4, 7-5 for her only Wimbledon singles title

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Famous Birthdays

1907 – Arthur Staal, Dutch architect (Group ’32), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
1913 – William Deakin, British historian and warden (St Anthony’s College Oxford), born in London (d. 2005)
1920 – Louise Allbritton, American actress (The Egg and I, Stage Door, Got a Secret), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1979)
1940 – Lance Larson, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m freestyle relay, silver 100m freestyle 1960; WR 100m butterfly 58.7s 1960), born in Monterey Park, California (d. 2024)
1946 – Johnny Lee [Ham], American country music singer (“Lookin’ For Love”), born in Texas City, Texas
1961 – Vince Clarke [Martin], British rock keyboardist, and songwriter (Depeche Mode; Erasure), born in South Woodford, Essex, England

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Famous Deaths

1863 – Alonzo Cushing, American Union officer, dies at the Battle of Gettsburg at about 22
1904 – Edouard Beaupré, Canadian giant and strongman (b. 1881)
1918 – Mehmed V, 35th Ottoman Sultan (1909-18), dies at 73
1966 – André Gailhard, French classical music composer, dies at 81
1985 – Cooney Weiland, Canadian ice hockey coach (Stanley Cup 1941 Boston Bruins; Harvard Uni) and NHL forward (Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings), dies at 80
1993 – Don Drysdale, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1959, 63, 65; 9 x MLB All Star; Cy Young Award 1962; Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 56

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