On this day: February 3

Published: Jan 23 2014 01:04:46 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 03 2015 02:00:00 AM EST

The Fifteenth Amendment is ratified, rock 'n' roll loses three stars in an Iowa plane crash, Serpico is shot, and a woman pilots the space shuttle for the first time, all on this day.

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2012: Actor and director Ben Gazzara dies of pancreatic cancer at age 81 in New York City. Gazzara's career included playing Brick in the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway, roles in influential films by John Cassavetes and work with several generations of top Hollywood directors. Among his most notable movie roles were "Anatomy of a Murder," "Husbands," "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie," "Inchon," "Road House," "The Big Lebowski," "Summer of Sam" and "The Spanish Prisoner." He also starred in the 1960s TV drama "Run for Your Life," playing a terminally ill man trying to get the most out of the last two years of his life. The role earned him two Emmy nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. He earned another Emmy nomination for the 1985 TV movie "An Early Frost" and finally won an Emmy for the 2002 TV movie "Hysterical Blindness."

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