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Karl Marx is dead

Matt Schudel

On this date (March 14) in 1883, Karl Marx died at the age of 64. (I've always wondered how much he got paid for "Das Kapital" and "The Communist Manifesto," but I guess that's off the point.)

Other notable deaths on this date in history:
1925: Walter Camp, coach and the father of American football, age 65
1969: Painter Ben Shahn, age 70
1973: Murat B. "Chic" Young, the creator of the "Blondie" comic strip, age 72
1975: Actress Susan Hayward, age 56. If you've never seen "I Want to Live," check out this wild clip from YouTube. It's also got a great jazz score by Johnny Mandel and performed by Gerry Mulligan.
1976: Choreographer and film director Busby Berkeley, age 80
1989: Author and environmental activist Edward Abbey, age 62
1991: Doc Pomus, rock-and-roll songwriter, age 65. He was the lyricist of of such classics as "A Teenager in Love," "Save The Last Dance For Me," "This Magic Moment," "Little Sister," "Here Comes the Night," "Lonely Avenue" and "Viva Las Vegas." Real name: Jerome Solon Felder. He had polio as a child and walked on crutches his whole life.

By Matt Schudel  |  March 14, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
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