Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Clive Sinclair (died September 16th, aged 81)

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Clive Sinclair, an English entrepreneur and inventor who was best known for creating the ZX range of cheap microcomputers in the 1980s, died on September 16th in London after battling a cancer-related illness for over a decade. He was 81.

In 1961, Sinclair founded Sinclair Radionics, an electronics company that developed hi-fi products, radios, calculators, and scientific instruments. After creating the first slim-line electronic pocket calculator called Sinclair Executive in 1972, Sinclair shifted his focus into the production of home computers and released the Sinclair ZX80 in 1980. The launch of Sinclair ZX80, which was U.K.’s first mass-market home computer for less than £100, was followed by the release of ZX81 in 1981 and the release of ZX Spectrum in 1982. The latter was widely recognized by consumers and programmers for its importance in the early days of the British home computer industry.

Sinclair also formed Sinclair Vehicles in 1983, and under that company, he released a battery electric vehicle called Sinclair C5 as well as a 13-pound bicycle called A-bike, which folds down small enough to be carried on public transport.

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.”