Gerry Rafferty who sung “Stuck in the Middle” and “Baker Street” died on January 4th, 2011 at the age of 63 from liver failure.
Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.
We Live And We Die
Nobody Lives Forever
See You In Heaven
What Happened on January 5th in History
1781- British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia
1896- German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovers x-rays
1920- Boston Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to NY Yankees
1942- 55 German tanks reach North-Africa
Famous People Who Died on January 5th
1731-1796 –Samuel Huntington was a US judge who signed the Declaration of Independence, President of the Continental Congress, Patriot in the American Revolution; he was also the3rd Governor of Connecticut and Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court
1872-1933 –Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President (1923-29), he was a Republican lawyer from Vermont, he was the 29thVice President in 1920, succeeded the Presidency upon the sudden death of President William G. Harding, he was also the 48th Governor of Massachusetts, he reduced the size of government
1864-1937 –Marie Booth was the child of William and Catherine Booth, the founders of the Salvation Army, had an accident which made her an invalid
1897-1939 –Amelia Earhart was a famous American aviator declared dead after disappearance in 1937, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean, early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, she disappeared while flying and her body has never been found
1864-1943 –George Washington Carver was a famous African-American scientist, President Theodore Roosevelt, President Calvin Coolidge and President Franklin Roosevelt met with George Washington Carver to seek his help or advice, he met Henry Ford and the two became great friends, George Washington Carver discovered three hundred uses for peanuts, he worked to improve soils for farming with nitrogen, he also made many foods out of sweet potatoes
1896-1963 –Rogers Hornsby was ML
B baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals who had a .358 lifetime batting average, 2930 hits and 301 Home Runs, he was MVP twice, won the Triple Crown twice and won one World Series Championship in 1926, Rogers Hornsby was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1942
1947-1988 –“Pistol Pete” Maravich was an NBA basketball player with the Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics, was one of the 50 greatest basketball players to play in the NBA, one of the youngest players to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame, dies of a heart attack at 40, Pistol Pete Maravich had a congenital heart defect, may have been the best ball handler of all time in the NBA
1961-1993 –Westley Allan Dodd, US Serial Killer/murderer and child molester, 1st hanging in US since 1965 at his own request, said he grew up in a happy family
1912-1994 –Thomas P “Tip” O’Neill was a Democrat from-Massachusetts, Speaker of House (1977-86), dies at 81, he was an outspoken Liberal Democrat, he was against everything President Ronald Reagan stood for
1935-1998 –Sonny Bono was a singer on Sonny & Cher, was married to Cher, had a daughter who decided to changer her sex, was in the US House of Representatives from California until his death, dies skiing accident at 62, “I got you babe”
1944-2004 –Tug McGraw was Major League Baseball player who played on the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, he won two World Series, one with each team, was a great relief pitcher father of Tim McGraw, died from a brain tumor, “You Gotta Believe”, the Mets played the 2004 season with this stitched on their uniforms, Tim McGraw wrote a song “Live Like You Were Dying” in honor of his father.
1954-2005 –Danny Sugerman was an American music manager of The Doors, who wrote books about Jim Morrison, he helped Oliver Stone with the production of the movie The Doors, he began working with The Doors at 12 by answering their fan mail, he was a recovering Heroin addict who died of lung cancer
1947-2011– Gerry Rafferty who sung “Stuck in the Middle” and “Baker Street” died on January 4th, 2011 at the age of 63 from liver failure.
This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing