Kay Yow was the head coach of the North Carolina State women’s basketball team from 1975 until she died of breast cancer in 2009. We remember her life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.
Kay Yow was the head coach of the North Carolina State women’s basketball team from 1975 until she died of breast cancer in 2009. She is a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame with more than 700 career victories. Though first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, she coached the U.S. women’s basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in 1988. After her death, Collegeinsider.com created the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year Award in her honor. We remember Yow’s life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.
2018: Mark E. Smith, lead singer of British post-punk band the Fall, dies at 60.
2016: Marvin Minsky, U.S. scientist who was a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, dies at 88.
2017: Butch Trucks, longtime drummer for the Allman Brothers Band co-founded the legendary Southern rock band with guitarist Duane Allman, lead singer and keyboardist Gregg Allman, guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley, and fellow drummer Jai Johanny Johanson.
2016: Jimmy Bain, Scottish musician who played bass for the rock bands Dio and Rainbow, dies at 68.
2012: Toller Cranston, Canadian figure skater who won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics, dies at 65.
2012: James Farentino, U.S. actor who appeared in more than 100 film and television roles including “The Final Countdown” and “Dynasty,” dies of heart failure at 73.
Farentino starred alongside Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen in the 1980 science fiction film “The Final Countdown.” The movie featured a modern aircraft carrier that travels back in time to Pearl Harbor hours before the Japanese attack. Farentino also starred opposite Patty Duke in 1969’s “Me, Natalie.” In 1967, he won a “most promising newcomer” Golden Globe for his performance in the comedy “The Pad and How to Use It.” Read more
Although he rocketed to fame in 1959 as Adam Cartwright, eldest son of a Nevada ranching family led by Lorne Greene’s patriarchal Ben Cartwright, Roberts chafed at the limitations he felt his “Bonanza” character was given. “They told me the four characters (Greene, himself and Dan Blocker and Michael Landon as his brothers) would be carefully defined and the scripts carefully prepared,” he complained to The Associated Press in 1964. “None of it ever happened.” It particularly distressed him that his character, a man in his 30s, had to defer continually to the wishes of his widowed father. Read more
2009: Kay Yow, women’s basketball head coach at North Carolina State University from 1975 to 2009, dies of breast cancer at 66.
Yow won more than 700 games in a career filled with milestones. She coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1988, won four Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships, earned 20 NCAA tournament bids, and reached the Final Four in 1998. Read more
2006: Chris Penn, U.S. actor who appeared in such movies as “Footloose” and “Reservoir Dogs” and was the brother of actor Sean Penn, dies of heart failure at 40.
Chris Penn’s credits included “Mulholland Falls,” “Rumble Fish,” “All the Right Moves,” “Footloose,” and “Rush Hour.” He also played Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in the 1992 Quentin Tarantino crime drama, “Reservoir Dogs.” Read more
Their trademark no-hands splits – in which they not only went down but sprang back up again without using their hands for balance – left film audiences wide-eyed. The legendary choreographer George Balanchine called it ballet despite their lack of formal training. “My brother and I used our whole bodies, our hands, our personalities, and everything,” Nicholas once said in an interview. “We tried to make it classic. We called our type of dancing classical tap, and we just hoped the audience liked it.” Read more
2004: Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian soccer player considered one of the most important soccer players of the first half of the 20th century, dies at 90.
1998: Jay Monahan, U.S. lawyer, legal analyst for NBC, and husband of Katie Couric, dies of cancer at 42.
1993: Thurgood Marshall, U.S. judge who was the first African-American Supreme Court justice, dies of heart failure at 84.
After graduating high school near the top of his class, Marshall went to Lincoln University with plans to become a dentist. He was suspended twice for hazing and pranking other students. Students attending the university at the same time as Marshall included such future luminaries as Langston Hughes, Cab Calloway, and the future president of Ghana. (As far as we know, none of them fell victim to Marshall’s antics, though Hughes later would describe young Marshall as “rough and ready, loud and wrong.”) Read more
1992: Tina Chow, U.S. model, jewelry designer, and fashion icon, dies of complications of AIDS at 41.
1990: Madge Bellamy, U.S. actress who was a popular leading lady in the 1920s and ’30s, dies at 90.
1986: Flo Hyman, U.S. volleyball player and silver medalist in the 1984 Olympics, dies of Marfan syndrome during a volleyball match at 31.
1986: Gordon MacRae, U.S. singer and actor who had roles in the movie musicals “Oklahoma!” and “Carousel,” dies of pneumonia and oral cancer at 64.
1983: George Cukor, U.S. film director whose movies include “Dinner at Eight” and “My Fair Lady,” dies of a heart attack at 83.
1975: Larry Fine, U.S. actor who was a member of the comedy act The Three Stooges, dies of a stroke at 72.
1972: Jerome Cowan, U.S. actor who played Mr. Dithers on the “Blondie” series, dies at 74.
1971: Bill Wilson aka Bill W., U.S. co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, dies of emphysema complicated by pneumonia at 75.
1965: Winston Churchill, English politician who was the prime minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955, dies of a stroke at 90.
Churchill led his nation and the world to victory against Hitler and Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Among his memorable quotes, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Read more
A.D. 41: Caligula, Roman emperor from A.D. 37-41, is assassinated at 28 by knife-wielding members of the Praetorian Guard.