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Tommy Aquino

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Tommy Aquino

Tommy Aquino (May 24, 1992 – February 2, 2014) was an American motorcycle racer who competed in the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Championship. His best result in the class was in 2011 when he finished third in the championship, with one win. He later rode in the British Superstock Championship becoming known as Hollywood Aquino[1] with a contract to ride for Brent Gladwin's GR Motorsport team in British Superbikes for 2014.[2] He died following a training accident while riding motocross in what was described as a head-on accident with another rider who was out of control.[3][4] References Road Racing World, 21 February 2014 Retrieved 14 April 2014 Mirror, 3 February 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014 "Tommy Aquino Dies in Training Accident". cyclenews.com. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. "Tommy Aquino Dies in Motocross Accident". motorcycle.com. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. External links Profile at amaproracing.com

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Dick Atkins

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Dick Atkins

Richard Charles Atkins (April 23, 1936-November 13, 1966) was an American racing driver from Oakland, California. Atkins came up in sprint cars and won the Turkey Night Grand Prix in 1965 and was rewarded by race promoter J. C. Agajanian with a chance to race in the USAC National Championship in 1966. He failed to qualify for the 1966 Indianapolis 500, but finished fourth at Trenton Speedway in September then won on the dirt oval at Sacramento in October, for his first "big car" win. However, he was killed in a sprint car crash at Ascot Park in California just a month later in a wreck that also killed Don Branson.[1] He finished 12th in 1966 USAC National Championship points. References Richard C. Atkins, FindAGrave, Retrieved 2013-09-03 External links Dick Atkins at Champ Car Stats

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John Bachar

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John Bachar

John Bachar (March 23, 1957 – July 5, 2009) was an American rock climber. Noted for his skill at free soloing, he died during a free solo climb.[1] A fitness fanatic, he was the creator of the climbing training device known as the Bachar ladder. Early life and education Bachar was born in 1957. He grew up in Los Angeles, California, and started climbing at the bouldering hot spot of Stoney Point in the northern San Fernando Valley. After attending Westchester High School, graduating in 1974, he attended UCLA, where his father was a math professor, but dropped out to climb full-time. Obsessed with the sport, he immersed himself in books on physical training and nutrition, and soon was able to outperform his fellow climbers. Fellow students at his high school remember him scaling the exterior high school gym walls on many occasions. Climbing career John Long, John Yablonski, Ron Kauk and Mike Graham, whom Bachar met in the early 1970s, all free soloed with him, starting with the classic Joshua Tree route Do

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Don Branson

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Don Branson

Donald L. Branson (June 2, 1920 – November 12, 1966) was an American racecar driver. Career Born in Rantoul, Illinois, Branson drove in the USAC Championship Car series and also in sprint cars, racing champ cars in the 1956–1966 seasons with 128 starts, including the 1959–1966 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 85 times, with 7 victories. Branson was also the 1959 and 1964 USAC Sprint Car Series Champion. He was killed in 1966 in a crash at a sprint car race at Ascot Park in Gardena, California, along with fellow driver Dick Atkins. 1966 was to be his last year of competition, and the fatal wreck occurred with only a few races left in the season for the USAC series. Awards He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1994 and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.[1] Indianapolis 500 results Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired 1959 9 10 143.312 12 24 112 0 Torsion bar 1960 7 8 144.753 11 4 200 0 Running

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Sonny Bono

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Sonny Bono

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono (February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and politician who came to fame in partnership with his second wife Cher as the popular singing duo Sonny & Cher. He was mayor of Palm Springs, California from 1988 to 1992, and the Republican congressman for California's 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998. The United States Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, which extended the term of copyright by 20 years, was named in honor of Bono when it was passed by Congress nine months after his death. Mary Bono (Sonny's last wife) had been one of the original sponsors of the legislation, commonly known as the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.[1] Early life Bono was born in Detroit to Santo Bono (born in Montelepre, Palermo, Italy) and Zena "Jean" Bono (née La Valle).[2] His mother called him "Sono" as a term of endearment, which evolved over time into "Sonny".[3][4] Sonny was the youngest of three siblings; he had two

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Jan Barrett

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Jan Barrett

Jan Michael Barrett (November 13, 1939 – October 7, 1973) was an American college and professional football player.[1] He played college football at Fresno State University, where he was an offensive end. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers in 1962,[1] and played professionally in the American Football League for the Oakland Raiders in 1963 and 1964. Barrett was killed on Lake Ming, California, while attempting to break a drag boat world speed record. On his final run he reached a speed of 154.10 miles per hour, just short of the world record of 155 miles per hour.[1] References "Motorsport Memorial - Jan Barrett". www.motorsportmemorial.org. Retrieved September 22, 2012. See also List of American Football League players

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