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 Trivia

The 1918 flu pandemic was intensified by WWI. Troop concentrations provided unprecidented breeding grounds, combined with transport opportunities never before possible, as troops went home on leaves, and then traveled all over the world. Wartime censorship multiplied the death toll by keeping most of the world ignorant of the situation. The pandemic surged after the troops returned home and people came out of isolation to celebrate in the streets. This precipitated the 2nd of the flu's three waves and it was the deadliest.

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 In memory
Deaths of noteworthy persons

Eydie Gormé, 84, singer ("Blame It on the Bossa Nova"), (Aug 10).

Eileen Brennan, 80, Emmy Award-winning actress (The Last Picture Show, Private Benjamin, Clue), bladder cancer (Jul 28).

Dennis Farina, 69, actor (Law & Order, Get Shorty, Unsolved Mysteries), pulmonary embolism (Jul 22).

Cory Monteith, 31, actor (Glee) , heroin and alcohol overdose (Jul 13).

Jean Stapleton, 90, actress (All in the Family), (May 31).

George Jones, 81, Country music singer, hypoxic respiratory failure (Apr 26).

Richie Havens, 72, Folk singer and guitarist, heart attack (Apr 22).

Allan Arbus, 95, American actor (M*A*S*H, "Sydney Freedman"), heart failure (Apr 19).

Jonathan Winters, 87, comedian and actor, natural causes (Apr 11).

Annette Funicello, 70, actress (The Mickey Mouse Club) and singer ("Tall Paul"), complications from multiple sclerosis (Apr 8).

Margaret Thatcher, 87, British politician, Prime Minister (1979–1990), stroke (Apr 8).

Roger Ebert, 70, film critic (Chicago Sun-Times, Siskel & Ebert), thyroid cancer (Apr 4).

Joe Weider, 93, Bodybuilder , heart ailment (Mar 23).

Hugo Chávez, 58, Venezuelan politician and military officer, President (since 1999), respiratory failure (Mar 5).

Bonnie Franklin, 69, Actress (One Day at a Time), pancreatic cancer (Mar 1).