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American manufacturer John Deere, founder of Deere & Company, died on this day 135 years ago, aged 82.

 

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American cinematographer Gordon Willis, ten days before his 83rd birthday, died of metastatic cancer on this date in 2014.

Despite his reputation as one of the best and most influential cinematographers in the business, his iconoclastic ways were not fully appreciated until his influence on subsequent generations of cinematographers became undeniable.

 

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Willis, whose moody aesthetic and technique of using shadows earned him the nickname "The Prince of Darkness", is best known for his work on Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather films.

He said: "I believe in the relativity of moviemaking, which includes a world of light and dark, big and small, high and low, good and evil".

 

 

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Ian Curtis, singer songwriter with Manchester band Joy Division, died on this day in 1980, aged 23.

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Actress Edwina Booth died on this day 30 years ago, aged 86.

 

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2 hours ago, The Ashes Urn said:

Actress Edwina Booth died on this day 30 years ago, aged 86.

 

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She was born after me but still died 30 years before... Sad.

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On 17/05/2021 at 19:34, Boring Bob said:

Acclaimed mathematician Jacques-Louis Lions numbers were up twenty years ago today in 2001 at the age of 73. He won the John von Neumann lecture prize in 1986. His work Mathematical analysis and numerical methods for science and technology makes for a splendid long term bedtime reading project. 

 

Jacques Louis Lions - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia

In 2001 I wasn't even a centenarian 

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Ronald Colman, one of my favourite actors, one of Hollywood's golden era greatest but now seemingly not so well remembered stars, died from acute emphysema in Santa Barbara, California on this date in 1958.

He was 67 years old.

Colman, became a vastly popular star of silent films.

 

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His elegant accent and beautifully characteristic charming and modulated stage-trained voice, very important to the film industry, made him one of the most popular actors in the 30's.

He would have been the perfect Max de Winter in Hitchcock's "Rebecca". A pity he declined the role...

He said: "A prolonged future doesn't excite me. It would have to have a point".

He was interred in the Santa Barbara Cemetery.

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Actress Margaret Rawlings died on this day 25 years ago, aged 89.

 

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Italian singer Renato Carosone died on this day 20 years ago, aged 81.

 

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Randy Savage was counted out on this day 10 years ago, aged 58.

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Actor Lash LaRue died on this day 25 years ago, aged 78.

 

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Actor Martin Gabel died on this day 35 years ago, aged 73.

 

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Footballer Stan Mortensen died on this day 30 years ago, 4 days before hos 70th birthday. he is most remembered for scoring hat-trick is the 1953 FA Cup Final, which became known as the Matthews Final. It was said of his funeral that they will probably be call it the Matthews Funeral. 

 

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He was the first (and only) player to score a hat-trick in a Wembley Final, the first to score for England in World Cup qualifying, and first to score for England in the World Cup Finals.

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Actress Dorothy Hyson died on this day 25 years ago, aged 81.

 

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Golfer Jim Barnes died on this day 55 years ago, aged 80.

 

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American composer Patty Hill died on this day 75 years ago, aged 78.

 

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Sydney Pollack, the Academy Award-winning director of "Out of Africa" who achieved acclaim making popular films such as "Tootsie" or "Yakuza", died of cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades on this date in 2008.

He was 73 years old.

 

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American actress Anne Haney died on this day 20 years ago, aged 67.

 

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American actor Jeff Conaway died on this day 10 years ago, aged 60.

 

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Actor Jeffrey Hunter died on this date in 1969.
Perhaps Hunter's most notable film work were those films in which he collaborated with director John Ford. His first and most famous collaboration with Ford was "The Searchers". Hunter would again work with Ford in "The Last Hurrah" and "Sergeant Rutledge".

 

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In 1969, in Spain, he was injured in an explosion on the set of his new film. He began complaining of dizziness and headaches. Shortly afterward, Hunter suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died during surgery to repair the skull fracture.

He was 42 years old.

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On 21/05/2021 at 02:38, The Unknown Man said:

Randy Savage was counted out on this day 10 years ago, aged 58.

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Every man dies two deaths. The first is the physical death and the second is when no one speaks his name. ooo yea the macho man randy savage is a legend that will never die.

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American actress Lurene Tuttle died on this day 35 years ago, aged 78.

 

 

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American comedienne Fanny Brice died on this day 70 years ago, aged 59.

 

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Claude Rains, consummate character actor who was nominated multiple times for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, died from an abdominal hemorrhage in Laconia on this date in 1967.

He was 77 years old.

 

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Rains, the first film actor to earn a million dollars for a part, starred in over 50 films that included great classics as "Casablanca" (1942) or "Notorious" (1946).

He was buried at the Red Hill Cemetery in Moultonborough, New Hampshire.

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American actor Robert Sterling died on this day 15 years ago, aged 88.

 

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