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Pope John Paul II, born Karol Jozef Wojtyla, was born on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, a small city near Krakow, Poland. He was the second of two sons born to Karol Wojtyla, Sr., a retired army officer and tailor, and Emilia Kaczorowska Wojtyla, a schoolteacher. During his childhood the Pope experienced many hardships, including the loss of his mother, Emilia, and his only brother, Edmund. His father died in 1941 when Karol was twenty. As a teenager he enjoyed religion, poetry and theater. In...
NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune. "I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out." Inspirational Lives: View photos of Maya Angelou and others Her story awed millions. The young single mother who performed at strip clubs to earn a living later danced and sang on stages around the world. A...
NEW YORK (AP) - Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday at age 62. A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed for his Manhattan recording company, said he died in the afternoon at St. Luke's Hospital after becoming sick upon returning from a European trip. "We're all sort of shattered," she said. ...
Gordon Parks Obituary (AP News)

Gordon Parks, who captured the struggles and...

Ruby Dee Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) - For Ruby Dee, acting and activism...

Nipsey Russell Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK Oct 3, 2005 — Nipsey Russell, who played...

Ray Bradbury Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ray Bradbury, the science...

Dorothy Bridges Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dorothy Bridges, a poet, widow...

Steven Fromholz Obituary (AP News)

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) — Texas singer and...

Mary Daly Obituary (AP News)

BOSTON (AP) — Radical feminist Mary Daly, the...

Jim Carroll Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Carroll, the poet and punk...

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