Sargent Shriver, 1961 (Wikimedia Commons/Rowland Scherman, Peace Corps)
Sargent Shriver raised armies to fight poverty and disease, and to bring aid to people in need. Through his work creating and leading the Peace Corps, he encouraged generations of Americans to serve their country by working to improve the lives of people in developing countries around the world. Fostering friendships and cultural understanding, the Peace Corps is now a vital part of American foreign policy. Shriver also worked as the architect of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty" and founded many social programs and organizations aimed at improving the conditions of the poor in America. We remember his remarkable life today and the lives of other notable people who died on this day in history.
2011: Sargent Shriver, U.S. politician who was the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps and was married to Eunice Kennedy, dies at 95.
The handsome Shriver was often known first as an in-law — brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy and, late in life, father-in-law of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. But his achievements were historic in their own right and changed millions of lives: the Peace Corps' first director and the leader of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," out of which came such programs as Head Start and Legal Services. Read more
2009: Bob May, U.S. actor known for playing The Robot in the TV series Lost in Space, dies at 69.
"He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit," said June Lockhart, who played family matriarch Maureen Robinson. "It was one of those wonderful Hollywood stories. He just happened to be on the studio lot when someone saw him and sent him to see Irwin Allen about the part. Allen said, 'If you can fit in the suit, you've got the job.'" Read more
2008: John Stroger, the first African-American to serve as Cook County (Chicago) Board president, dies at 78.
2008: Georgia Frontiere, U.S. owner of the St. Louis Rams (previously the Los Angeles Rams) before being relocated, and the most prominent female owner of an NFL team, dies at 80.
The one-time nightclub singer was married seven times, starting at age 15. Her sixth husband, Carroll Rosenbloom, owned the Los Angeles Rams at the time of his drowning death in 1979. The Rams moved twice under Frontiere's leadership, first relocating from the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1980 to Anaheim, 35 miles away. Read more
2007: Brent Liles, U.S. rock musician who was the bass player for the bands Agent Orange and Social Distortion, dies after being hit by a truck while cycling at 43.
2003: Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, U.S. popular professional wrestler, dies at 78.
2001: Al Waxman, Canadian actor best known for his role as Lt. Bert Samuels in the TV series Cagney & Lacey, dies at 65.
1997: Paul Tsongas, U.S. politician who was a senator for Massachusetts and ran for the Democratic Party's nomination for president in 1992, dies of cancer at 55.
1995: Ron Luciano, U.S. Major League Baseball umpire known for his flamboyant style, dies at 57.
1994: Arthur Altman, U.S. songwriter who wrote songs for such artists as Bing Crosby and Bobby Darin, dies at 83.
1991: Nita Krebs, U.S. actor who was one of the Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz , dies at 85.
1990: Rusty Hamer, U.S. actor best known for playing Rusty in The Danny Thomas Show, commits suicide at 42.
1990: Melanie Appleby, English rocker who was one-half of the duo Mel & Kim, dies of cancer at 23.
1985: Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor who played Paul McCartney's grandfather in the movie A Hard Day's Night, dies at 72.
1982: Trent Lehman, U.S. child actor who played Butch in the TV series Nanny and the Professor, commits suicide at 20.
1978: Carl Betz, U.S. actor known best for playing Alex Stone on The Donna Reed Show, dies at 56.
1968: Bert Wheeler, U.S. actor who formed a successful comedy duo with Robert Woolsley, dies at 72.
1967: Reese "Goose" Tatum, U.S. basketball star with the Harlem Globetrotters, dies at 45.
1954: Sydney Greenstreet, English actor who had roles in Casablanca and the Maltese Falcon, dies at 74.
1952: Curly Howard, U.S. actor who was one of the Three Stooges, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 48.
Today marks the 110th birthday of one Jerome Lester Horwitz, better known as "Curly" of the Three Stooges. His trademark blend of improvised physical comedy, slapstick and over-the-top catchphrases made Curly the most popular of the Stooges, and his antics continue to win him new fans today. Read more
1936: Rudyard Kipling, English author who wrote the classic The Jungle Book, dies at 70.
1862: John Tyler, 10th president of the United States, dies at 71.