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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...
TORONTO (AP) — Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer. A statement on the band's website said he died Tuesday night "with his beloved children and family close by." The statement did not give a cause of death, though he had been diagnosed earlier with brain cancer. Since The Tragically Hip's first...
Gil Scott-Heron Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) - Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who...

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...

Bernie Casey Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bernie Casey, a professional...

Jim Carroll Obituary (AP News)

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

Mary Daly Obituary (AP News)

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

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