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On October the 11th
Austrian born singer, Werner von Trapp, died at the age of 91. He was a member of the famous Trapp Family that fled Austria after the German annexation of Austria, fearing reprisals resulting from declining to sing at Hitler's birthday party and his father's refusal to serving in the German Navy. The family's story was the inspiration of the world famous musical "The Sound of Music".
The Polaroid Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States. The Polaroid Corporation was founded in 1937 and was famous for its instant film cameras which first appeared on the market in 1948. Many attribute the reasons for bankruptcy being that the company failed to predict the growth of the digital camera market.
The legendary "Saturday Night Live" comedy show premiered with George Carlin as the guest host. Several of holywood's most acclaimed comedians have emerged from its ranks.
American actor, Luke Perry, was born in Ohio, USA. He is best known for his role in the TV series Beverly Hills 90210.
American actress, Joan Cusack, was born in New York City. She is the sister of famed actor John Cusack with whom she has co-stared in eight movies.
American comedian, Chico Marx, died at the age of 74. He was part of the Marx Brothers group, that marked the stage with its unique comedy style during the first half of the 20th century.
English physicist, James Prescott Joule, died at the age of 71. He is credited with discovering the relationship of heat to mechanical work and also worked closely with fellow physicist, Lord Kelvin, to develop the absolute scale of temperature. The joule, which is the unit of energy, is named after him.
First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, was born in New York City.
German mathematician, Ferdinand Eisenstein, died from tuberculosis at the age of 29. He is considered by many as one of the great mathematicians of all time.
American businessman, Henry Heinz, was born in Pennsylvania, USA. In 1876 he founded the F & J Heinz company, with his brother and a cousin. One of this company's first products was tomato ketchup, a product that to this day is synonymous to the name Heinz.
English, George Williams, was born in Somerset, England. He was the founder of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). The YMCA is a worldwide private service organization based on Christian values.
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