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On this day: March 26

POSTED: 09:33 AM PDT Mar 21, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 25, 2014 

Beethoven and Walt Whitman die, the Stanley Cup comes to the U.S., UCLA wins their seventh straight title, and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side" rules the charts, all on this day.

OTD March 26 - Jan Berry
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2004: Rock musician William Jan Berry (left), best known as half of the duo Jan and Dean with Dean Torrence (right), dies after suffering a seizure at the age of 62. The duo was best known for such 1960s hit songs as "Surf City," "Drag City," "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" and "Dead Man's Curve." Two years after the latter song became a hit, Berry crashed his Corvette into a parked truck on April 12, 1966, near a stretch of Beverly Hills road also known as Dead Man's Curve. Berry was in a coma for two months and suffered paralysis and extensive brain damage, requiring four years of rehabilitation to be able to talk and a full decade in order to perform live again.

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