"The Raven" is first published, baseball and football induct their first hall of fame classes, the Gulf War fighting takes to the ground, and President George W. Bush coins the phrase "Axis of Evil," all on this day.
1980: Actor and comedian Jimmy Durante, whose distinctive clipped gravelly speech, jazz-influenced songs, and large nose made him one of America's most popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s, dies of pneumonia at the age of 86 in Santa Monica, California. A vaudeville star and radio personality by the mid-1920s, Durante scored a major hit record in 1934 with his own novelty composition "Inka Dinka Doo," which became his theme song for the rest of his life. He went on to star on Broadway and later appeared in movies such as "The Wet Parade," "Broadway to Hollywood," "The Man Who Came to Dinner," "Ziegfeld Follies" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."
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