On this day: April 5

Published On: Apr 02 2013 06:37:40 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 05 2016 11:00:00 PM CDT

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.

OTD April 5 - Lee Petty
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International Motorsports Hall of Fame

2000: American race car driver Lee Petty, one of the pioneers of NASCAR and one of its first superstars, dies of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at the age of 86 in in Greensboro, North Carolina. Petty was the winner of the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959 and won the NASCAR Championship on three occasions. He was also the patriarch of the Petty racing family that includes sons Richard (NASCAR's all-time race winner) and Maurice, grandson Kyle and great-grandson Adam, who became the first fourth-generation driver in NASCAR history before dying during a Busch Series practice session in May 2000.

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