Beethoven and Walt Whitman die, the Stanley Cup comes to the U.S., UCLA wins their seventh straight title, and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side" rules the charts, all on this day.
1827: German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most famous and influential composers of all time, dies at the age of 56 in Vienna, Austria. His best known compositions include nine symphonies, five concertos for piano, 32 piano sonatas and 16 string quartets. Around 1800 his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. He gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose, with many of his most admired works coming from this period.
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