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DRUMMER RINGO STARR IS 79 TODAY

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Ringo Starr (Sir Richard Starkey)


English musician, singer, songwriter Ringo Starr gained worldwide fame as
the drummer for
the Beatles. He occasionally sang lead vocals with the group, usually for one song on each album, including "With a Little Help from My
Friends
", "Yellow Submarine", "Good Night", and their cover of "Act Naturally".
   

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A BOSSA NOVA PIONEER HAS DIED AT 88

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João Gilberto(Prado Pereira de Oliveira) (June 10, 1931 – July 6, 2019)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Joao Gilberto, a Brazilian singer, guitarist and
songwriter considered one of the fathers of the bossa nova genre that
gained global popularity in the 1960s and became an iconic sound of
the South American nation, died Saturday. Journalist and bossa nova
scholar Ruy Castro called the death of Gilberto a "monumental" loss.

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COMEDIAN ARTE JOHNSON HAS DIED AT 90

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Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson (January 20, 1929 – July 3, 2019)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Arte Johnson, who won an Emmy for comedy
sketch work on the television show "Laugh-In," has died in Los Angeles.

Family representative Harlan Boll says Johnson died early Wednesday of
heart failure following a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer.

No services have been planned, but his ashes will be spread in a private
ceremony.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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In the Persian Gulf on this day in 1988, the U.S. Navy cruiser Vincennes
shoots down an Iranian passenger jet that it mistakes for a hostile Iranian
fighter aircraft. Two missiles were fired from the American warship–the
aircraft was  hit, and all 290 people aboard were killed. The attack came
near the end of the
Iran-Iraq War, when U.S. vessels were in the gulf
defending Kuwaiti oil tankers. Minutes before Iran Air Flight 655 was
shot down, the Vincennes had engaged Iranian gunboats that shot at
its helicopter.

Iran called the downing of the aircraft a “barbaric massacre,” but U.S.
officials defended the action, claiming that the aircraft was outside the
commercial jet flight corridor, flying at only 7,800 feet, and was on a
descent toward the Vincennes. However, one month later, the United
States acknowledged that the airbus was in the commercial flight
corridor, flying at 12,000 feet, and not descending. The U.S. Navy
report blamed crew error caused by psychological stress on men
who were in combat for the first time. In 1996, the U.S. agreed to pay
$62 million in damages to the families of the Iranians killed in the attack.       

   

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