Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Hank Aaron (died January 22nd, aged 86)

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Baseball legend Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron died of natural causes in his sleep at his home in Atlanta. Nicknamed “Hammer” or “Hammerin’ Hank,” was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 following a distinguished MLB career highlighted by 755 home runs ― a career record that stood for more than 30 years.

Aaron famously broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in the face of racism. As he was trying to surpass Ruth’s record, Aaron was taunted at ballparks, received death threats and racist hate mails.

“There were times during the chase when I was so angry and tired and sick of it all that I wished I could get on a plane and not get off until I was someplace where they never heard of Babe Ruth,” Aaron wrote in his I Had a Hammer autobiography. “But damn it all, I had to break that record. I had to do it for Jackie Robinson [first African American to play in MLB in the modern era] and my people and myself and for everybody who ever called me a (N-word).”

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”