Farrah Fawcett, undated photo (ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Farrah Fawcett's big break came from her one season spent on Charlie's Angels in 1976. After one season, Fawcett left the wildly popular program to pursue other opportunities. She appeared in many television series, made-for-TV movies and films throughout her 40-year career. She earned four Emmy nominations, six Golden Globe nominations and appeared in unforgettable films like Myra Breckinridge, Logan's Run and The Apostle. We remember Farrah Fawcett's remarkable life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died on this day in history.
2013: George Burditt, U.S. television writer who was a writer and producer for the sitcom Three's Company, dies at 89.
2009: Michael Jackson, U.S. singer-songwriter known as the "King of Pop," dies of cardiac arrest at 50.
The King of Pop was wildly successful both as a solo artist and with his brothers, churning out some of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of all time. But he also lent his incredible talent to others’ music, guest singing with many musicians over the years. Whether they were his sisters and brothers, his friends or big groups coming together for worthy causes, the recording stars of the 1980s and '90s knew their songs would turn out even better with a little help from MJ. Read more
2009: Farrah Fawcett, U.S. actress known for her role as Jill Munroe on Charlie's Angels, dies of cancer at 62.
The documentary Farrah's Story was an unflinching look at her fight against cancer, showing her determination through triumphs and setbacks. For those of us who loved Fawcett for her acting talent, sunny smile and golden hair, the story of her struggle gave us one more thing to love – her strength. Read more
2009: Sky Saxon, U.S. musician who was the founder and lead singer of the 1960s psychedelic band the Seeds, dies of infection-related organ failure at 71.
2005: John Fiedler, U.S. character actor whose many roles included Mr. Peterson on The Bob Newhart Show and the voice of Piglet in Disney's Winnie the Pooh, dies of cancer at 80.
1997: Jacques Cousteau, French explorer and filmmaker known for his studies of ocean life, who made more than 100 television documentaries, dies of a heart attack at 87.
1992: Jerome Brown, U.S. NFL defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles who was elected to two Pro Bowls during his short career, dies in an auto accident at 27.
1988: Hillel Slovak, U.S. musician who was a founding member and guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, dies of a drug overdose at 26.
1987: Boudleaux Bryant, U.S. songwriter who wrote many hit songs with his wife, Felice Bryant, including "Rocky Top," and songs for the Everly Brothers, including "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up, Little Susie," dies at 77.
1979: Dave Fleischer, U.S. animation film director and producer known best for creating Fleischer Studios with his brothers Max and Lou, who went on to create the Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons, dies of a stroke at 84.
1976: Johnny Mercer, U.S. singer-songwriter who wrote many classic songs, including "Hooray for Hollywood,” "Jeepers Creepers,” "Moon River" and "Summer Wind" and was also the founder of Capitol Records, dies at 66 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
1943: Spencer Charters, U.S. actor who appeared in more than 200 movies between 1920 and 1943, commits suicide at 67.
1937: Colin Clive, English actor best remembered for his portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein in Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, dies of complications from tuberculosis at 37.
1906: Stanford White, U.S. architect in New York City whose designs include the Washington Square Arch and the second Madison Square Garden, is killed by millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw at Madison Square Garden at 52.
1876: George Armstrong Custer, U.S. cavalry commander who was killed along with all his men by a coalition of Native American tribes in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which is better known as "Custer's Last Stand," dies at 36.