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A year ago today...

One day, I was reading the writing on the wall. Literally.

I was walking into one of my college classrooms and someone had scribbled on the chalkboard: "It happened a year ago today."

As I understand it, the class before mine had been a creative writing seminar and the teacher had given the students that phrase as a writing prompt.

Here on the obituaries desk, we have a great appreciation for history and people of the past. Here's a round up of some deaths that occurred on this date in history, lest we forget...

Marjorie Grene, who died March 16 2009, was a leading philosopher of biology and an outspoken existentialist.

She had a vicious wit, and could "disarm or slay an opponent with a single phrase or question," according to Randall E. Auxier, editor of the Library of Living Philosophers.

Joe Muldoon , who died March 16, 2008, was the ambassador of the Washington area to the Polo world.

To some, he was best known for knowing everything about savings and loan regulations. Others knew him as a mallet wielding giant who had grace and poise atop his polo ponies.

Most of all, he was tough. He stood six feet, five inches, without his polo boots on, and one time played in a polo match ten days after breaking his cheek, "with wire and Teflon in my eye socket."

Arthur Godfrey, the ukulele strumming radio and TV personality of the 1950s, introduced America to hundreds of future stars of the entertainment world with his hit show "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts." He died March 16, 1983 but parts of him lived on after that.

The broadcaster known as the "Old Redhead" called for his eyes to be donated to a clinic in New York after his death. The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration picked two recipients for his pair and had the transplants placed a day after he died. According to the clinic's policy, however, the recipients were never told who their donor was.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  March 16, 2010; 8:13 AM ET
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