This photo of Dean—with mechanic Rolf Wutherich in the passenger's seat—was taken on the morning of September 30, 1955, just hours before the actor's fatal car crash.
Martin Luther King Jr.
The civil rights leader in Memphis, after delivering his last speech, "I've Been to the Mountain Top." He would then return to the Lorraine Motel, where he was assassinated.
With her pianist Buddy Greco several days before her death on August 5, 1962.
On December 8, 1980, signing a copy of "Double Fantasy" for deranged fan Mark David Chapman, who would murder him several hours later.
August 16, 1977, at 12:28 a.m.: Elvis returns to Graceland after a late-night trip to his dentist.
The great American author left a note by his death bed: "Death, the only immortal, who treats us alike, whose peace and refuge are for all. The soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved."
With Sean Combs, then known as Puff Daddy, a day before his murder.
Lincoln sat for photographer Henry J. Warren one month before the 16th President was assassinated at Ford's Theatre.
Posing with his guitar on September 17, 1970, the day before his death from a drug overdose.
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