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    Death Anniversary Thread

    Byzantine emperor Justin II died on this day 1444 years ago, aged 58. Justin became emperor in 565 following the death of his uncle, Justinian I (the Great). The empire was nearly bankrupt due to Justinian's policy of paying off enemies, so Justin ended the truce settled with the Avars to the north that was made in 558. The ending of payments to the Sassanian Persian Empire led to war in 572, in which their king, Khosrow I, captured the Byzantine fort of Dara. Shortly after this, Justin began to go slightly mad. He reportedly "behaved like a wild animal", bit people near him (there is a rumor that he ATE two people) required to be wheeled around on a mobile throne, and wished for loud organ music to be played 24/7. By 574, Justin realized his insanity, and acceded his adoptive son Tiberius II as his regent. Justin would promote Tiberius to emperor nine days before his death.
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    7. Loretta Lynn

    Decided to use Chrome's "Inspect" tool in an attempt to write an obit before anyone complains. You too, can do this if you know HTML (it'll only appear on that one tab and revert to normal when you refresh the page).
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    7. Loretta Lynn

    I've previously suggested "Coal Miner's Rotter".
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    Ideas and possibilities for 2023

    Well then... Since Hamilton died mere hours after this post, I'd say that Doddie Weir Rolf Harris would be the replacement.
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    Death Anniversary Thread

    Graham Chapman died on this day 33 years ago, aged 48. One of the Pythons- Brian Cohen himself in Life of Brian and King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Besides that, Chapman was openly homosexual and a gay rights advocate, and took in a runaway child, becoming their legal guardian. Chapman had problems with alcohol- he would miss cues during Monty Python performances and had fits of delirium when withdrawing. Chapman decided to stop due to the effects on his performance in Life of Brian, and remained sober until his death. What Chapman did not stop, however, was smoking tobacco, which he started doing as a child. In 1988, during a dentist's check-up, a malignant tumor was found on one of his tonsils, with both being removed. Unfortunately, it had spread to his spine. John Cleese and Michael Palin visited him on his deathbed and were present when he died, but none of the Pythons showed up at his funeral in order to prevent a media frenzy (his family wished for privacy). They did, however, appear at the memorial service, and performed "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from the film- which would eventually become the most-played song at British funerals. Chapman was cremated, and it was rumored that his ashes were either launched into space or scattered in the mountains of Snowdonia in Wales. An urn claiming to carry Chapman's ashes was also carried during subsequent Monty Python performances, and was accidentally spilled on-stage by Terry Gilliam in 1998.
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    The Happy Birthday Thread

    Bill Fagerbakke, the voice of Patrick Star in SpongeBob SquarePants, is 65. And in live-action, he delivered this line:
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    Ideas and possibilities for 2023

    A hypothetical 2023 list I made: 1. Henry Kissinger (2) 2. Angela Lansbury (3) 3. Glynis Johns (NEW) 4. Bob Barker (4) 5. Nigel Starmer-Smith (6) 6. Jimmy Carter (9) 7. Leslie Phillips (19) 8. Alan Greenspan (5) 9. Eva Marie Saint (NEW) 10. Dick Van Dyke (1) 11. Tony Bennett (10) 12. Mel Brooks (14) 13. Harry Belafonte (13) 14. Rob Burrow (NEW) 15. Pope Benedict XVI (-) 16. Joanne Woodward (-) 17. Jacques Delors (30) 18. David Graham (NEW) 19. Stanley Baxter (35) 20. Sandy Gall (21) 21. Gudrun Ure (NEW) 22. Barbara Walters (-) 23. James Whale (26) 24. Rosalynn Carter (20) 25. Noam Chomsky (37) 26. Jean-Marie Le Pen (24) 27. David Attenborough (17) 28. Ian Hamilton (NEW) 29. Tom Lehrer (NEW) 30. James Watson (NEW) 31. Ted Kaczynski (23) 32. Cleo Laine (27) 33. Pele (41) 34. Desmond Morris (22) 35. James Earl Jones (NEW) 36. Winnie Ewing (NEW) 37. Shannen Doherty (-) 38. Jerry Lee Lewis (29) 39. Thelma Barlow (NEW) 40. Bob Newhart (-) 41. Linda Nolan (-) 42. Yoko Ono (-) 43. Ted Turner (NEW) 44. Norman Tebbit (39) 45. Pervez Musharraf (-) 46. Jean Marsh (NEW) 47. Nigel Lawson (-) 48. Rex Williams (-) 49. Peter Tobin (NEW) 50. Vladimir Putin (NEW)
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    Death Anniversary Thread

    Denis Healey died on this day 7 years ago, aged 98. Healey was elected to parliament in 1952, and in 1964, was appointed by PM Harold Wilson as the secretary of state of defense. Healey downsized the UK's military role outside of Europe, largely due to budget and committing to NATO. In 1974, Healey was appointed as the chancellor of the exchequer. When Wilson stepped down as prime minister in 1976, Healey ran in the election, placing fifth out of six candidates. Healey contested the second ballot, but still came in last on that one. Healey would retire in 1992. Healy was also known for his large, bushy eyebrows- more prominent when he was younger (compared to the above picture c. late 2000s/early 2010s), and was lampooned on the original Spitting Image show. From his debut in 2010, Healey appeared on every DeathList until his death.
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    Death Anniversary Thread

    Tom Petty died on this day 5 years ago, aged 66. In 1976, Petty formed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which saw success in the late '70s and early '80s with songs such as "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Refugee". Petty also had a solo career, releasing his most successful song, "Free Fallin'", in 1989. The song featured and was co-written by ELO lead singer Jeff Lynne- who sung backing vocals, and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Petty also had an acting career, appearing in several episodes of It's Garry Shandling's Show, as well as the 1997 Razzie Worst Picture winner The Postman. Petty's most well-known acting role, however, was as the voice of Lucky in King of the Hill starting in 2004. Initially introduced as a guest role, Lucky would eventually become part of the main cast after marrying Hank's niece Luanne. Petty died of an accidental drug overdose two and a half weeks before his 67th birthday.
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    Death Anniversary Thread

    Tom Clancy died on this day 9 years ago, aged 66. In 1984, Clancy published his debut novel, The Hunt for Red October, about a Soviet submarine captain going rogue and trying to defect to the United States. This novel also introduced his most famous character, Jack Ryan. It was adapted into a successful film in 1990, starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. Clancy would write other best-selling novels in the '80s, such as Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Beginning in 1998, Clancy would lend his name to several video game franchises such as Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell. Clancy died of heart failure about five years after suffering a heart attack.
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    The Happy Birthday Thread

    Red Sox player Xander Bogaerts is 30.
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    Death Anniversary Thread

    Monty Hall died on this day 5 years ago, aged 96. Born in Canada, Hall was a radio broadcaster, and would move the the US in 1955. Hall would soon host game shows on both radio and television. In 1963, Hall began to host Let's Make a Deal, and would remain as its host until 1986. He would then sporadically host until its original cancellation in 1991. One of the episodes had three prizes hidden behind doors- namely two goats and a car, and opened another door with one of the goats after the initial selection. One viewer asked a mathematician how to know which door to choose. This problem is now known as the "Monty Hall problem", and I've provided a diagram of the problem below: After Let's Make a Deal, Hall would appear on many charity telethons, which combined raised a total of nearly $1 billion. Hall died a little under four months after his wife did- they had been married for just under 70 years.

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