Died June 7
By: Legacy Staff
13 days ago
Alan Turing was a pioneering British mathematician and computer scientist considered to be at the forefront of artificial intelligence. During World War II, Turing was instrumental in code breaking German transmissions, and it is estimated that his abilities shortened the war by at least two years. Turing was prosecuted for homosexual acts in 1952, as that behavior was a criminal offense at the time. He took his own life at 41. We remember Turing's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.
2015: Christopher Lee, English actor known best for his role as Dracula and his role in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, dies at 93.
Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, taking on memorable roles such as the James Bond enemy Scaramanga and the evil Count Dooku in two "Star Wars" prequels. But for many, he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of gory, gothic British "Hammer Horror" thrillers churned out in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular around the world. Read more
2014: James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, U.S. comedian who was a friend of and mentor to fellow comedian Tracy Morgan, dies at 62 in an automobile accident that also seriously injured Morgan.
McNair, who was a close friend and mentor of actor Tracy Morgan from the television series "30 Rock," died of injuries sustained in the accident. Read more
Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He formed the British rock group Paris in 1976, and had hits including "Sentimental Lady" in 1977 and "Ebony Eyes" in 1978. Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham did backup vocals on "Sentimental Lady." Read more
2009: Kenny Rankin, U.S. singer-songwriter who enjoyed success as a jazz and soft-rock singer, dies of lung cancer at 69.
Rankin wrote and recorded the pop standard "Peaceful" and also wrote "In the Name of Love," which was recorded by Peggy Lee, and "Haven't We Met," performed by Carmen McRae and Mel Torme. His own "The Kenny Rankin Album" was recorded live in 1976 with a 60-piece orchestra. Read more
2009: Hugh Hopper, English bassist and co-founder of the influential psychedelic rock band Soft Machine, dies of leukemia at 64.
McKay was host of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" for decades. The influential weekend series introduced viewers to all manners of strange, compelling, and far-flung sporting events. But he was suddenly placed in the role of a newscaster in 1972 when Israeli athletes were kidnapped in Munich. As viewers followed the gripping story, McKay told how the hostages were killed in a commando raid. Read more
2003: Trevor Goddard, English actor known best for his recurring role on the television series "JAG," dies of an accidental drug overdose at 40.
1993: Drazen Petrovic, Croatian-born Hall of Fame guard who was a star on the Croatian national team and later played in the NBA for the New Jersey Nets, averaging more than 22 points a game in his final season, dies in an auto accident at 28.
1992: Bill France Sr., U.S. race car driver who co-founded the NASCAR stock car racing circuit, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 82.
1988: Vernon Washington, U.S. actor who had a recurring role as Leroy on the sitcom "The Jeffersons," dies at 60.
1980: Henry Miller, U.S. author whose novels include "Tropic of Cancer" and "Tropic of Capricorn," dies of circulatory ailments at 88.
1973: Lane Bradford, U.S. actor who guest-starred on many television Western series, including "The Lone Ranger," "Wagon Train," and 14 appearances on "Bonanza," dies at 50.
1968: Dan Duryea, U.S. actor known for playing villains and starring in the title role on the TV series "China Smith," dies of cancer at 61.
1967: Dorothy Parker, U.S. poet, writer and critic who was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, dies of a heart attack at 73.
Parker gained a reputation as a ruthless literary critic when she wrote reviews for The New Yorker under the byline "Constant Reader." Among her notable reviews was her unforgettable response to A.A. Milne's childhood classic "House at Pooh Corner:" "Tonstant Weader fwowed up." Read more
1965: Judy Holliday, U.S. actress who won an Academy Award for her role in "Born Yesterday," dies of breast cancer at 43.
Holliday's first exposure to showbiz came when she was an assistant switchboard operator at the Mercury Theatre, home of John Houseman and the young, mercurial Orson Welles. Beginning in 1938, she would enjoy a career that saw its share of ups and downs before her premature death in 1965. Despite her limited filmography, she'll always be remembered for what she brought to the screen. Read more
1963: ZaSu Pitts, U.S. actress who starred in movies and with Gale Storm on the sitcom "The Gale Storm Show," dies of cancer at 69.
1954: Alan Turing, British mathematician who was a master code breaker during World War II, dies at 41.
1940: James Hall, U.S. actor who co-starred in the Howard Hughes film "Hell's Angels," dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 39.
Her death at such a young age shocked Hollywood and the moviegoing public. Because of her reputation, rumors swirled – she'd died of a botched abortion, a venereal disease, alcoholism, or, most ridiculously of all, poisoning from toxins in her hair dye. Her death helped make her final film a hit, as audiences flocked to "Saratoga" to get one last glimpse of the platinum blonde who'd won their hearts. Read more