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Published: 11/18/2014
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Cab Calloway (Photo by Ron Galella Ltd. / WireImage)

Cab Calloway knew how to get the world dancing. With his irresistible charm and nonsensical scat songs, the entertainer led the Cab Calloway Orchestra to unprecedented popularity, becoming a household name. His career took him to some strange places, like his appearance at Wrestlemania 2 and his role in The Blues Brothers, and he kept performing until his death in 1994. We remember Calloway's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.

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2005: Harold J. Stone, U.S. character actor who made more than 150 guest appearances on television shows including The Untouchables, Gilligan's Island and Charlie's Angels, dies of natural causes at 92.

2003: Michael Kamen, Grammy Award-winning U.S. composer of film scores including Polyester, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard, dies at 55.

2002: James Coburn, Academy Award-winning U.S. actor whose credits include Affliction, for which he won the award, and The Magnificent Seven, dies at 74.

Coburn was the epitome of cool. In Westerns, war flicks and other action pics, he played many a tough guy – but he was no thug. Andy Garcia nailed it when he called Coburn "the personification of class, the hippest of the hip." How did Coburn mesh tough and cool? Read more.




1999: Doug Sahm U.S. singer-songwriter who played multiple instruments and formed the Sir Douglas Quintet in the 1960s, dies at 58.

1994: Cabell "Cab" Calloway, U.S. jazz singer and bandleader who led one of the most popular big bands in the 1930s and '40s, dies after having a stroke at 86.

1986: Gia Carangi, U.S. fashion model during the 1970s and '80s, dies of AIDS-related complications at 26.

1980: Conn Smythe, Canadian businessman and principal owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL, dies of a heart attack at 85.

1978: Jim Jones, U.S. founder and leader of the Peoples Temple, commits suicide at 47 as part of the mass suicide and murders in Jonestown, Guyana.

1976: Man Ray, U.S.-born artist whose modernist works include Object to Be Destroyed and The Misunderstood, dies at 86.

1972: Danny Whitten, U.S. rock musician associated with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, dies of a drug overdose at 29.

1971: Junior Parker, U.S. blues singer whose hit songs included "Mystery Train," dies during brain-tumor surgery at 39.

1969: Ted Heath, British musician and bandleader, dies at 67.

1969: Joseph P. Kennedy, U.S. businessman, patriarch of the Kennedy clan and the father of President John F. Kennedy, dies at 81.

1922: Marcel Proust, French author of In Search of Lost Time, aka Remembrance of Things Past, dies at 51.

1886: Chester A. Arthur, 21st U.S. president, dies of a brain bleed at 57.

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