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Canadian musician Rick Danko was known best as the bassist and one of the singer-songwriters for the legendary band known simply as the Band. Danko's tenor voice can be heard as the lead singer on songs such as "This Wheel's on Fire." He also provided melodic harmonies and percussive bass lines as part of his band's signature sound. We remember Danko's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who were born this day in history.
1947: Cozy Powell, English rock drummer who was associated with bands including the Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake, and Black Sabbath, is born in Cirencester, England.
1943: Bill Aucoin, U.S. band manager known best for his work with the band Kiss, is born in Ayer, Massachusetts.
1942: Rick Danko, Canadian musician who was a member of the Band, is born in Green's Corners, Ontario.
1936: Ray Nitschke, U.S. football player who was a middle linebacker for the Green Bay Packers from 1958 to 1972, is born in Elmwood Park, Illinois.
1934: Ed Flanders, U.S. actor who played Dr. Donald Westphall in "St. Elsewhere," is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1921: Robert C. Baker, U.S. inventor who created the chicken nugget and other poultry-related items, is born in Lansing, New York.
1920: Viveca Lindfors, Swedish actress whose films include "An Affair of the Skin," "The Sure Thing," and "Stargate," is born in Uppsala, Sweden.
1917: Tom Bradley, U.S. politician who was the longest-serving mayor of Los Angeles, as well as the city's only African-American mayor to date, is born in Calvert, Texas.
During his 20 years in office, Bradley helped turn Los Angeles into a global metropolis with downtown skyscrapers, a multiracial city workforce, a more accountable police department, and booming trade with the Far East. Bradley was a former track star, so perhaps it's not surprising he said his proudest achievement was bringing the Olympics to Los Angeles in 1984. Tall and serious of demeanor, he was a dominating presence at city hall, and the sheer force of his persona plus the strength and unity of his coalition turned a traditionally weak mayor's office into the center of the action. His 16-hour days were legendary, and his command of the details of city policy known to all. Read more
1881: Jess Willard, U.S. boxer known as the Pottawatomie Giant, who became world heavyweight boxing champion after knocking out Jack Johnson in 1915, is born in Pottawatomie County, Kansas.
1876: Pablo Casals, Spaniard considered one of the greatest cellists of all time, who is known for his recordings of the Bach Cello Suites, is born in El Vendrell, Spain.
1800: Charles Goodyear, U.S. chemist and manufacturing engineer who invented and patented a process for vulcanizing rubber, is born in New Haven, Connecticut.
1721: Madame de Pompadour, French member of the royal court who was politically influential and became the namesake of the pompadour hairstyle, is born in Paris, France.