On this day: March 26

POSTED: 09:33 AM PDT Mar 21, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 25, 2016 

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 - Walt Whitman
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1892: Walt Whitman, one of the most influential poets in American history, dies at the age of 72 in Camden, New Jersey. The cause of death was officially listed as "pleurisy of the left side, consumption of the right lung, general miliary tuberculosis and parenchymatous nephritis." Whitman's work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection "Leaves of Grass," which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. Some of Whitman's best known poems include "Song of Myself," "O Captain! My Captain!" and "Beat! Beat! Drums!"


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