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Civil Rights Pioneer James Hood Dies at 70

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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One of the first black students to defy racial segregation at a university in the American south a half century ago has died. Officials at a funeral home in Gadsden, Alabama said James Hood died Thursday of natural causes. He was 70. Hood made history in 1963 when he and fellow student Vivian Malone were […]

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Aaron Swartz, Internet Activist, Dead at 26

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Twenty-six-year-old computer prodigy and Internet activist Aaron Swartz has been found dead in his apartment in New York. The New York medical examiner said Friday Swartz apparently hanged himself. He had publicly discussed on his blog his struggle with depression. Swartz was set to go on trial later this year on federal charges that he […]

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Canadian Who Sheltered Americans During Iran Hostage Crisis Dies

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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(corrects year in graph 5 to 1979) John Sheardown, a former Canadian diplomat who sheltered fugitive American Embassy staffers in his Tehran home during the Iran hostage crisis more than three decades ago, has died. He was 88 years old. Sheardown had been treated for Alzheimer’s disease and other ailments before his death December 30 […]

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Canadian Who Sheltered Americans During Iran Hostage Crisis Dies

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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John Sheardown, a former Canadian diplomat, who sheltered fugitive American Embassy staffers in his Tehran home during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, has died. He was 88 years old. Sheardown had been treated for Alzheimer’s disease and other ailments before his death December 30 in Ottawa. The rescue of the Americans has become known […]

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Pakistani Religious Scholar Dies

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Prominent Pakistani religious scholar Qazi Hussain Ahmed has died at the age of 74. He was the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan’s leading religious group, for 22 years before stepping down in 2009. In November, Ahmed escaped unhurt from an assassination attempt when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near him. He was a strong critic of […]

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Former Pop Superstar Patti Page Dies at 85

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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American Singer Patti Page, who sold more than 100 million records during her seven-decade-long career, has died. She was 85 years old. The Oklahoma-born Page was a major star and the premier female popular singer in the pre-rock ‘n roll era of the early 1950s. Her best selling recordings of “The Tennessee Waltz” and “How […]

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Gulf War Commander Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Retired Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78. Schwarzkopf died Thursday of complications from pneumonia in Tampa, Florida, where he lived in retirement. A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as “Stormin’ Norman” because of […]

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Gulf War Commander Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 10:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Retired Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78. Schwarzkopf died Thursday from complications from pneumonia in Tampa, Florida, where he lived in retirement. A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as “Stormin’ Norman” because of […]

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Indian Sitarist Ravi Shankar Dies

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Indian composer and sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar has died in a California hospital. He was 92. A statement released by his family, late Tuesday, said Shankar had been in “fragile health” for several years. The statement says he underwent surgery last week and never recovered. Shankar was one of India’s best known performers. Prime Minister […]

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Indian Sitarist Ravi Shankar Dies

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Indian composer and sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar has died in a California hospital. He was 92. The entertainer, who was called “the godfather” of the music world by the Beatles, had been frail for several years. A statement released by his family says he was recently hospitalized for surgery. Shankar was one of India’s best […]

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