Frank Sinatra died on this day in 1998 at the age of 82. I've always loved this guys voice, he was a classy dude too! But even though being a great singer alone would have made him great, it was all the other things that made him a legend. He was a pretty good actor in the original Manchurian Candidate amongst the other 57 films he acted in. He was the unquestionable leader of the "Rat Pack". He became the quintessential Las Vegas entertainer in the 50's and 60's, and helped build that city into what it is today. Let's not forget his ties to the mob that helped solidify his tough guy image.
On this day in 1955 the Soviet Union and the other countries of the communist block signed the Warsaw pact essentially saying if any of them went to war they would all back each other up. But the catch was the Soviets would be in charge of all of the armies. It was just another step in the escalation of the cold war. In response the United States, the United Kingdom, and the rest of western Europe created NATO.