In 1790, Benjamin Franklin, Declaration of Independence signer, Continental congressman, US diplomat, printer and inventor, died. He was 84.
In 1910, Samuel "Mark Twain" Clemens, the author and humorist remembered not only for his books but also for his humorist maxims, quotations and opinions, passed away.
In 1992, actor and comedian Benny Hill, best remembered for his comic antics on "The Benny Hill Show," died at the age of 68.
In 1996, Erma Bombeck, the newspaper columnist who spent three decades chronicling life's absurdities in a syndicated column, died at the age of 69.
"It is better to remember birthdays and the celebration of the lives of those whom we admire, rather than the excarnation. Thereby, they need never die, but remain vibrantly alive in the muses they have inpired in us."