The Long, Loud History of Sports and Politics (in 66 Pictures)

The Colin Kaepernick of 1906 was an Irish triple-jumper named Pete O'Connor.

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BORN TODAY IN HISTORY ›

Born October 12

By: Legacy Staff

Luciano Pavarotti (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)

Luciano Pavarotti was one of the most successful tenors in the history of opera, enjoying popularity in mainstream music and a level of notoriety outside of the

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Born October 15

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Penny Marshall starred on sitcom Laverne and Shirley

Penny Marshall was the beloved actress who starred in "Laverne and Shirley" and the pioneering director of "A League of Their Own."  We remember her life t

DIED TODAY IN HISTORY ›

Died October 12

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John Denver

John Denver's songs brought his listeners to the places he loved – the back roads of West Virginia in "Take Me Home, Country Roads," a simple farm in "Thank God

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Born October 13

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Lenny Bruce  (Photo by Kai Shuman/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Comedian Lenny Bruce was ahead of his time. We remember his life today as well as the lives of other notable people who were born this day in history

DIED TODAY IN HISTORY ›

Died October 11

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Redd Foxx (Getty Images)

Redd Foxx was one of the kings of stand-up comedy in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, recording more than 50 comedy albums and becoming one of the first black comedia

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Died October 8

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Fernando Lamas (Getty)

Fernando Lamas was a popular leading man of the 1950s, starring in films such as "Dangerous When Wet." We remember Lamas' life today as well as the lives of oth

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Born October 3

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Stevie Ray Vaughan (Photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)

Blues icon Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of the most influential guitar players in music history, despite a mainstream music career lasting just seven years in the

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Born October 2

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Groucho Marx (Wikimedia Commons)

Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx and his brothers were comedy superstars, starting out performing in vaudeville shows before starring in classic films like "Duck Sou

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Born October 10

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Thelonious Monk (Library of Congress/William Gottlieb)

Thelonious Monk was a jazz legend known for his unique improvisations on the piano. We remember his life today as well as the lives of other notable people

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Died October 9

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Oskar Schindler  (AP Photo/Peter Hillebrecht, file)

Oskar Schindler saved more than 1,000 lives in the Holocaust, undergoing a transformation from Nazi Party member to fearless crusader for Jewish lives

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Died October 4

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Janis Joplin (Photo by Paul Ryan/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Janis Joplin's big voice catapulted her to stardom in the 1960s with electrifying songs including "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee," and "Ball 'n' Chain

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Died October 3

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Janet Leigh (Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection)

Janet Leigh let out a scream like no other, and we'll never forget the way she deployed it in the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Psycho." We remember Leigh's life to

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Died September 30

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James Dean (Getty/John Kobal Foundation)

James Dean became a legend of the silver screen on the strength of just three movies: "East of Eden," "Rebel Without a Cause," and "Giant." We remember Dean's l

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Born September 27

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Don Cornelius (AP Photo)

Don Cornelius taught America how to dance every week on the nationally syndicated hit "Soul Train." We remember Cornelius' life today as well as the lives of ot

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Died September 25

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Arnold Palmer (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/WireImage)

Arnold Palmer was simply called "The King."  We remember his life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history

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Born October 8

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Claude Jade (Getty Images)

During her 30 years in film, Claude Jade brought life and love to the screen through her portrayal of Christine Darbon in the films of Francois Truffaut

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Born October 4

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Charlton Heston (Getty Images)

Charlton Heston won an Oscar for his role in Ben-Hur and is well-known for his political activism, which spanned six decades and took him from one end of the sp

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Born September 29

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Madeline Kahn (AP Photo)

Madeline Kahn was one of the funniest women of the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, starring in a string of movies that showcased her wit and comedic timing

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Born September 23

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Ray Charles (Getty Images)

Ray Charles was one of the greats of soul, belting out some of the greatest hits of the 20th century while accompanying himself flawlessly on piano