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On this day: May 16

Published On: May 15 2013 03:19:06 AM EDT   Updated On: May 16 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Joan of Arc is sainted, the first Academy Awards are handed out, SpaghettiOs debut, "Pet Sounds" and "Blonde on Blonde" hit record store shelves, and Sammy Davis Jr. and Jim Henson pass away, all on this day.

OTD May 16 - Dick Trickle
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2013: Richard "Dick" Trickle, who parlayed a legendary reputation as a short-track driver into a full-time career on stock car racing's biggest stages in the 1990s, dies at age 71 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C. He had earlier called 911 to report he planned to commit suicide at the cemetery, where his granddaughter was buried, but there was no answer when authorities tried to call the number back. Though Trickle never managed a victory in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup series, he did have 15 top-five finishes and won two Nationwide Series races before his retirement in 2002. He's seen here (left) being being interviewed as the grand marshall for the 2012 Slinger Nationals race.

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