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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).


Grover Cleveland entered politics in 1882 as mayor of Buffalo, NY, became governor in 1883, president in 1884. He was the only Democrat president between 1860 and 1912: 52 years; 13 terms. Unfortunately, he could not parlay that early success into another victory in 1888, and he was voted out after just one term, despite the fact that he had won a plurality of the popular vote. Nevertheless, he didn’t give up, and ran again in 1892, this time winning both the popular and electoral vote. This makes Cleveland the only president to serve split terms. He also holds the distinction of being one of only three people (the others being Andrew Jackson and Franklin Roosevelt) to win the popular vote 3 times. Interestingly, though, Cleveland never won a majority of the popular vote, ironically coming the closest in 1888, when he lost the presidency.

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