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Back in the Day: James Dean killed aged 24

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Back in the Day: James Dean killed aged 24


September 30th, 1955 American actor James Dean, aged 24, died in a car crash in Cholame, California. Dean set off from Competition Motors, where he had prepared his Porsche 550 Spyder that morning for a sports car race. He is buried in Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana. Dean was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations.

Other events on September 30: The Magic Flute, last opera composed by Mozart receives its premiere in Vienna (1791); President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is forced from office (1991); the controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (2005); the Sumatra earthquake occured, killing over 1,115 (2009).

Born on September 30 : Truman Capote (1924), Ehud Olmert (1945), Monica Belluci (1964), Martina Hingis (1980)

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