1956 – Jackson Pollock died. American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his uniquely defined style of drip painting.
During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety, regarded as a mostly reclusive artist. He had a volatile personality, and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life and indeed died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related car accident.
1958 – Jah Wobble born. English bass guitarist, singer, poet and composer. He became known to a wider audience as the original bass player in Public Image Ltd (PiL) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but left the band after two albums. Following his departure from PiL, he went on to a successful solo career, continuing to the present. His 2009 autobiography, Memoirs of a Geezer, is a particularly good read.
1994 – Peter Cushing died. English actor, known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the distinguished-looking but sinister Baron Frankenstein and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, amongst many other roles, often appearing opposite Christopher Lee, and occasionally Vincent Price. A familiar face on both sides of the Atlantic, his most famous roles outside of “Hammer Horror” include his many appearances as Sherlock Holmes, as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977) and as the mysterious Doctor in Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. in 1965 and 1966, two cinema films based on the television series Doctor Who.