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2014: The Ultimate Warrior, one of professional wrestling's biggest superstars, dies at age 54 in in Scottsdale, Arizona. An autopsy later revealed he died when suffering a myocardial infarction caused by atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Born James Hellwig, he legally changed his name to just Warrior in 1993 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame just days before his death. He began his career as the Warrior in 1987 and defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become WWE Champion in 1990.
2014: A day after the University of Connecticut men's basketball team beat Kentucky to win the NCAA tournament, the UConn women's basketball team wins its ninth NCAA crown by beating Notre Dame 79-58. Connecticut is the only school to have won both men's and women's titles in the same year, having also done so in 2004.
2013: Actress Annette Funicello, best known as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on "The Mickey Mouse Club" and for movies in the "Beach Party" genre in the mid-1960s, dies of complications from multiple sclerosis at the age of 70 in Bakersfield, California.
2013: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies from a stroke at the age of 87 in London, England. Known as the "Iron Lady," Thatcher governed Britain from 1979 to 1990. Britain's first and only female prime minister, she is known for transforming the country's economy and being a formidable rival on the international stage.
2009: In the first successful pirate seizure of a ship registered under the American flag since the early 19th century, Somali pirates hijack the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama 240 nautical miles southeast of the Somali port city of Eyl. The cargo ship's crew quickly retook the vessel, but the four pirates escaped in a lifeboat with Capt. Richard Phillips as their hostage. After a four-day standoff, U.S. Navy sharpshooters aboard the USS Bainbridge killed three of the pirates and Phillips was then rescued. The fourth pirate, who was aboard the Bainbridge negotiating a ransom at the time of the rescue, was taken into custody.
2005: More than four million mourners gather in Rome, Italy, for the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Between 250,000 and 300,000 watched the funeral mass from within the Vatican's walls.
2002: Suzan-Lori Parks becomes the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play "Topdog/Underdog."
1997: Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, best known for writing hit songs such as "Wedding Bell Blues," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "And When I Die" and "Eli's Coming," dies of ovarian cancer at the age of 49 in Danbury, Connecticut. Nyro, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, also received critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the late-1960s albums "Eli and the Thirteenth Confession" and "New York Tendaberry." Her best-selling single was her recording of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Up on the Roof."
1992: Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has HIV, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries. After his diagnosis, Ashe (seen here in 1975) began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia on Feb. 6, 1993.
1990: Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who became a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education after being expelled from middle school following his diagnosis with HIV, dies at the age of 18 in Indianapolis. White, a hemophiliac, became infected from a contaminated blood treatment and was given six months to live when diagnosed in December 1984. White participated in numerous public benefits for children with AIDS during the last years of his life and befriended many celebrities, including Elton John, Michael Jackson and John Mellencamp.
1990: The drama "Twin Peaks" premieres on television. The show, created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, followed an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. It would run for seven more episodes in its first season and another 22 in its second, and final, season, becoming one of the top-rated shows of 1990 and developing a cult fan base.
1987: Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Al Campanis is forced by the team to resign over remarks he had made while on ABC's "Nightline" two days earlier, saying that blacks "may not have some of the necessities" to hold managerial jobs in Major League Baseball.
1986: Clint Eastwood is elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. He would serve one two-year term as mayor of the Monterey Peninsula town from April 30, 1986, to April 30, 1988.
1981: Actor and model Taylor Kitsch, best known for the TV show Friday Night Lights and movies such as "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Savages," is born in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
1980: Actress Katee Sackhoff, best known for playing Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel's television program "Battlestar Galactica," is born in Portland, Oregon.
1979: The sitcom "All in the Family" airs its last episode after nine seasons on the air. The show, which starred Caroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner, ranked No. 1 in the yearly Nielsen ratings from 1971 to 1976, becoming the first television series to reach the milestone of having topped the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive years. In September 1979, a spinoff show, "Archie Bunker's Place," picked up where "All in the Family" had left off, running for another four seasons.
1977: The Clash's self-titled debut album is released.
1975: Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians in his first game as Major League Baseball's first black manager. In his first at bat as player/manager of the Indians, he homered at Cleveland Stadium off Yankees pitcher Doc Medich. He would also go on to manage the San Francisco Giants, the Baltimore Orioles and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals.
1975: At the 47th Academy Awards, "The Godfather Part II" becomes the first sequel to capture the Oscar for Best Picture. The movie received a total of six Oscars to double up its predecessor's total, including Best Director for Francis Ford Coppola and Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro.
1975: Aerosmith releases their third album, "Toys in the Attic." The album would end up being the band's most commercially successful album in the United States, selling eight million copies. Its first two singles, "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way," hit No. 36 and No. 10, respectively, on the U.S. Hot 100 singles chart.
1974: Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record. As he rounded the bases at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, two college students sprinted onto the field and jogged alongside him for part of his trip around the bases, temporarily startling him. Aaron would hit a total of 755 homers in his career, a record that stood until surpassed by Barry Bonds in 2007.
1973: Spanish artist and sculptor Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, dies at the age of 91 in Mougins, France. Picasso, who was widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement and his co-invention of collage, is best known for works such as "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," "Guernica" and "The Weeping Woman."
1968: Actress Patricia Arquette, best known for the supernatural drama series "Medium" and for movies like "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3," "True Romance," "Ed Wood," "Stigmata" and "Boyhood," is born in Chicago, Illinois. She won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in "Boyhood."
1966: Actress Robin Wright, best known for movies such as "The Princess Bride," "Forrest Gump" and "Unbreakable," and the Netflix series "House of Cards," is born in Dallas, Texas.
1964: Rapper Biz Markie, best known for his 1989 Top 10 single "Just a Friend," is born Marcel Theo Hall in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
1963: In a ceremony otherwise dominated by "Lawrence of Arabia," which wins seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, Gregory Peck wins his first and only Academy Award, Best Actor for "To Kill a Mockingbird," in his fifth nomination. "Mockingbird" also won for its screenplay and art direction while Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke won for their performances in "The Miracle Worker."
1960: Actor John Schneider, best known for playing Bo Duke on the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard" and Jonathan Kent on the series "Smallville," is born in Mount Kisco, New York. Schneider also performed as a country music singer in the 1980s, releasing nine studio albums and a greatest hits package, as well as 18 singles.
1954: Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, who played 21 years in Major League Baseball, mostly with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets, is born in Culver City, California. An 11-time All-Star, Carter hit 324 home runs in his career and won a World Series title with the Mets in 1986. He died of brain cancer at age 57 on Feb. 16, 2012.
1953: At a conference in Belgium, Lawrence Bragg, the director of the Cavendish Laboratory, makes the announcement that molecular biologists James Watson (center) and Francis Crick (right) had deduced the double helix structure of DNA. Watson and Crick would submit a paper to the scientific journal Nature describing their discovery, which was published on April 25, 1953. They, along with Maurice Wilkins, were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries.
1953: The first 3D motion picture produced and released by a major company, "Man in the Dark," opens at the Globe Theater in New York City. The next 3D feature movie, "The House of Wax," was the first from a major company in color and opened only two days later, at New York City's Paramount Theater.
1949: Film director John Madden, best known for directing movies such as "Shakespeare in Love," "Proof" and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," is born in Hampshire, England. "Shakespeare in Love" won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1999 and Madden also received a Best Director nomination for the film.
1946: Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, who pitched from 1965 to 1979 for both the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees, is born in Hertford, North Carolina. An eight-time All-Star, Hunter won the 1974 Cy Young Award, pitched a perfect game in 1968 and won five World Series titles, three with the A's and two with the Yankees. He died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 53 on Sept. 9, 1999. He's seen here, at left, in 1979 along with Yankees manager Billy Martin and catcher Brad Gulden.
1940: Basketball Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who won eight NBA titles in his 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, is born in Martins Ferry, Ohio. The 13-time NBA All-Star also won NBA Finals MVP honors in 1974 was part of Ohio State's 1960 national championship team. He retired in 1978 as the Boston Celtics all-time leading scorer, a record he still holds today.
1935: The Works Progress Administration, the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, is formed when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law. The WPA employed millions of unemployed people to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.
1926: Comedian Shecky Greene, known for his nightclub performances in Las Vegas and guest starring roles in movies such as "History of the World, Part I" and "Splash" and on various TV shows, is born Fred Sheldon Greenfield in Chicago, Illinois.
1919: Frank Winfield Woolworth, the American businessman who founded the F.W. Woolworth Company, dies at age 66 in Glen Cove, New York.
1918: During World War I, actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City's financial district. The two actors can be seen here, with Fairbanks lifting up Chaplin.
1918: Betty Ford, the U.S. first lady from 1974 to 1977 during the presidency of her husband, President Gerald Ford, and the founder of the Betty Ford Center, is born Elizabeth Ann Bloomer in Chicago, Illinois. She died of natural causes at age 93 on July 8, 2011.
1913: The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct election of senators, becomes law. Under the original provisions of the Constitution, senators were elected by state legislatures. The amendment also altered the procedure for filling vacancies in the Senate, allowing for state legislatures to permit their governors to make temporary appointments until a special election can be held.
1912: Figure skater and actress Sonja Henie, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a 10-time World champion and a six-time European champion, is born in Oslo, Norway. After retiring from amateur competition in 1936, she took up a career as a professional performer in acting and live shows, becoming one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood during the height of her fame. She died from leukemia at age 57 on Oct. 12, 1969.
1906: Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, dies. The disease was first described by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer, one of the first doctors to examine Deter after she started showing symptoms of dementia.
1904: Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
1893: The first recorded college basketball game occurs at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, with the Geneva College Covenanters defeating the New Brighton (Pennsylvania) YMCA.
1892: Actress Mary Pickford, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is born Gladys Marie Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Pickford was best known for silent movies like "The Poor Little Rich Girl," "Pollyanna," "Little Lord Fauntleroy" and "Rosita." She died of cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 87 on May 29, 1979.
1861: Elisha Otis, the founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, dies of diphtheria at age 49 in Yonkers, New York.
1820: The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Greek island of Milos. Created sometime between 130 and 100 B.C., the marble statue is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch.