Another musical legend passes away today. Actress/Jazz Singer Lena Horne died today at the age of 92. She was the descendant of seventh vice-president, John C. Calhoun and the granddaughter of Samuel R. Scottron, the inventor of the curtain rod.
Raised in a family belonging to the Talented Tenth, this benevolent beauty was also heavily involved with the civil rights movement, helping to advance the anti-lynching laws with Eleanor Roosevelt. She refused to perform her segregated troops during WWII. She died at the NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital in NYC and is survived by her grandson and granddaughter.