Lucille Ball died of a heart attack at 78 on this day in 1989.
And here's a classic example of why I detest the "Today-in-History" website I use to retrieve so much of my trivia:
1984 Count Basie jazz piano great, dies at 78
1984 William "Count" Basie jazz piano great, dies on 80th birthday
OK, which is it? Don't fucking confuse me when I'm drinking wine....
William "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer.
So he died on this day, and he was nearly 80. I'll buy that.
Let's have some of the Count with Ella who had a birthday yesterday. Can't go wrong with that mix.