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Dack Rambo, circa 1985. (Getty Images)

Dack Rambo was a frequent guest star on shows throughout the 1970s and '80s, eventually landing larger roles on the soap operas All My Children and Another World, as well as the prime-time ratings juggernaut Dallas as Jack Ewing. In 1991, Rambo announced he was HIV-positive and retired from television soon afterward. We remember Dack Rambo's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.

2013: Harlon Hill, U.S. NFL wide receiver who played most of his career for the Chicago Bears and was the 1954 NFL Rookie of the Year, dies at 80.

Harlon Hill (Associated Press)Hill, who attended North Alabama, was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1954 after being drafted in the 15th round by the Bears. He became the first winner of the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL's most valuable player in 1955. In nine seasons with the Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, he had 233 receptions for 4,717 yards and 40 touchdowns. He averaged 20.2 yards per catch. Read more

 

 

2012: Pinetop Perkins, U.S. blues pianist who played with many blues greats including Muddy Waters and was the oldest Grammy Award winner ever when he won for best traditional blues album at 97, dies a month after receiving the Grammy at that age.

Pinetop Perkins (AP Photo)Perkins was born in Belzoni, Miss., in 1913 and was believed to be the oldest of the old-time Delta blues musicians still performing. In an 80-year career, he played at juke joints, nightclubs and festivals. He didn't start recording under his own name until he was in his 70s and released more than 15 solo records since 1992. Read more

 

 

 

2011:  Loleatta Holloway, U.S. singer who had a few hits on the dance charts during the disco era, including a No. 1 dance song with "Love Sensation," dies at 64.

Loleatta Holloway (WireImage)Holloway recorded several disco singles, including "Hit and Run" and "Runaway." But she's best known for "Love Sensation." Her vocals were sampled by Black Box for the 1989 hit "Ride on Time" and by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch for the song "Good Vibrations" in 1991. Read more

 

 

 

2005: Bobby Short, U.S. singer known best for his versions of songs by popular composers including Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin, dies at 80.

"I go back to what I heard Marian Anderson say once: 'First a song has to be beautiful,"' Short told The New York Times in 2002. "However, 'beautiful' covers a wide range of things. I have to admire a song's structure and what it's about. But I also have to determine how I can transfer my affection for a song to an audience; I have to decide whether I can put it across." Read more

 

 

2005: Barney Martin, U.S. actor known best for his role as Jerry Seinfeld's father on the hit sitcom Seinfeld, dies at 82.

Martin got his start in film when Mel Brooks featured him in The Producers in 1968. That role launched Martin into Broadway theater, where he appeared in several musicals, including South Pacific, The Fantasticks, All American and How Now Dow Jones. He is credited with creating the role of Roxy's unappreciated husband, Amos Hart, in the musical Chicago. Read more

 

 

2002: Herman Talmadge, U.S. politician who was a senator for Georgia from 1957 until 1981, dies at 88.

1994: Dack Rambo, U.S. actor known best for his role as Jack Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, dies of AIDS at 52.

1994: Lili Damita, French actress who appeared in movies with Gary Cooper and Cary Grant and was married to Errol Flynn, dies at 89.

1994: MacDonald Carey, U.S. actor known best for his role as Dr. Tom Horton in the soap opera Days of Our Lives, dies at 81.

1991: Leo Fender, U.S. inventor who founded the Fender Electric Instrument Co. and created some of the most iconic guitars, including the Fender Telecaster and the Fender Stratocaster, dies at 81.

1987: Robert Preston, U.S. actor known best for his role as Harold Hill in the movie The Music Man, dies at 68.

1987: Dean Paul Martin, U.S. actor and professional tennis player who was the son of entertainer Dean Martin, dies at 35.

1985: Sir Michael Redgrave, English actor who appeared in many movies including The Importance of Being Earnest, and who is the father of actresses Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, dies at 77.

1978: Louis Cottrell Jr., U.S. jazz clarinetist who was the leader of the Heritage Hall Jazz Band, dies at 67.

1974: Candy Darling, U.S. actress known best for her roles in Andy Warhol films, who was the muse of the Velvet Underground, dies at 29.

1943: Cornelia Fort, U.S. aviator who was the first female pilot in American history to die while on active duty, dies at 24.

1617: Pocahontas, Native American well-known for her positive involvement with the English colonial settlement at Jamestown, dies at 22.

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