On this day: December 12

POSTED: 10:32 PM PST Dec 11, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 11, 2015 

Ol' Blue Eyes is born, Boys Town is founded, the first motel opens, "The Godfather: Part II" premieres, and the U.S. Supreme Court decides the 2000 presidential election, all on this day.

OTD December 12 - Ike Turner
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2007: Musician Ike Turner, most popularly known for his 1960s and 1970s work with his then-wife Tina Turner in the Ike & Tina Turner revue, dies of a cocaine overdose at the age of 76 in San Marcos, California. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office found that high blood pressure and emphysema also contributed to his death. Tina Turner's domestic abuse allegations against him in her 1986 autobiography, and the 1993 film adaptation of the book, coupled with his cocaine addiction, damaged Ike Turner's career in the 1980s and 1990s.


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