George Washington issues the first presidential veto, the greatest hits album is born, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar captures the NBA's career scoring title, and Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain kills himself, all on this day.
2006: Singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gene Pitney, best known for songs such as "Town Without Pity," "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance," "Only Love Can Break a Heart" and "It Hurts to Be in Love," dies of heart disease at the age of 66 in Cardiff, Wales. Besides his own hits, Pitney also wrote the early 1960s hits "Rubber Ball" by Bobby Vee, "He's a Rebel" by The Crystals, and "Hello Mary Lou" by Ricky Nelson.
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