In 1961, Chiang opened San Francisco's The Mandarin, a high-end Chinese restaurant that served authentic fare. Today, her DNA is all over American Chinese food, from P.F. Chang's to Panda Express.
Di Prima wrote over 40 books of poetry and memoir, including her collection the radical and political Revolutionary Letters,
Walker was a pioneer in Austin's country music scene in the 1970s. His most famous song, "Mr. Bojangles," went on to inspire countless covers.
The MacArthur grant-winning magician performed amazing escape acts and magic tricks to disprove the paranormal and, along the way, inspired numerous younger performers including Penn & Teller.
The Welsh multi-instrumentalist helped take his self-named band to the Top 10 in the U.S. and the U.K. in the mid-1960s and launched the career of Steve Winwood.
From the '80s on, Kondo stood with a new generation of free-form players, collaborating with a long list of fellow iconoclasts.
Cohen was just a few years out of law school when the ACLU asked if he would take on the case of Richard and Mildred Loving — an interracial couple whose marriage was illegal in their home state.
Ferrell played the gruff but loveable maid Berta. The character was only supposed to be around for a two-episode arc, but Ferrell stayed on throughout the show's run.
Roberta McCain was key to the character her son displayed during a life of service. McCain's wife Cindy called her a wonderful mother-in-law, role model and friend.
NPR's Scott Simon remembers New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer, who died from cancer this week at the age of 63.
The southpaw was dominant during his 16-year career, winning six World Series titles in the 1950s and 1960s. Nicknamed "Chairman of the Board," Ford holds the team record for most wins by a pitcher.
With a voice by turns soaring and haunting, Shajarian was considered one of his nation's treasures — and then ran afoul of the regime. He died Thursday in Tehran at age 80.
The Houston-born singer had his biggest American hit in 1972 — but as a fan of Jamaican music, he signed Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh and produced some of their early recordings.
In 1972, reggae and pop singer-songwriter Johnny Nash had a hit with "I Can See Clearly Now." The musician died Tuesday at his home in Houston. According to his son, Nash had been in declining health.
Eddie Van Halen and his brother Alex formed the band that bore their last name. It became a force in rock in the 1970s and 1980s, and Eddie became a guitar hero. He was 65.