...in 1996, Frances Lear, founder of Lear's, a pioneering magazine for older women, died in New York City. Lear spent a reported $25 million of her $100-plus million divorce settlement from TV producer Norman Lear to launch her magazine, which started up in 1988 and survived for six years. Lear was supposedly the model for the title character in her husband's 1970s sitcom Maude. Her autobiography is "The Second Seduction" (Knopf, 1992).
Also dead on this day, in 1961: George H. Waltz, Jr., a former editor of Popular Science. He was 55.