1867 Ira Aldridge, famed Shakespearean actor dies. Born 24th. July, 1802 in New York City. Famous for his Othello, he attended the African Free School in New York City until he was 16 before joining the African Grove theatre troop there in 1821. He studied acting in Glasgow and made his first known appearance in Turinam or Slave's Revenge in 1925. His career is commemorated by a tablet at the New Memorial theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. (mn-ss-jc)
2018 Aretha Franklin dies at home in Detroit aged 76 after treatment for pancreatic cancer. (born 25-03-42 in Memphis) She had been in and out of bad health for many years, giving up chain smoking in 1992, then gaining weight. She was known as the Queen Of Soul Music for good reason, some saying she was the best singer of all time. More at Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aretha_Franklin
Kofi Annan (b.8-4-38 - d.18-8-18) the 7th Secretary General of the United Nations dies. Born in Comassie, Gold Coast, Ghana in Africa, in 2001 he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Died aged 80 in Bern, Switzerland after a short illness.
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