This day in history: Frank Sinatra dies at 82

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Biography : Frank Sinatra - Mini Biography

On May 14th in 1998, the legendary singer Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack at the age of 82.

Known as the "The Voice" and "The Sultan of Swoon," Frank Sinatra was arguably one of the 20th century's greatest singers of popular song and America's first true pop idol.

Born of Sicilian roots in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1919. He dropped out of high school to pursue singing professionally. In 1940 he joined Tommy Dorsey's band. Two years later, he left to strike out on his own.

During the 1940s, Frank Sinatra had 17 Top 10 chart singles.

Frank Sinatra through the years
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This day in history: Frank Sinatra dies at 82
CIRCA 1922: Pop singer Frank Sinatra poses for a portrait wearing a hat in circa 1922. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BERGEN COUNTY, NJ - 1938: Pop singer Frank Sinatra poses for a mug shot after being arrested and charged with 'carrying on with a married woman' in 1938 in Bergen County, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra, right, records with Tommy Dorsey at the RCA Victor Studios in New York City in this 1941 photo. (AP Photo)
American singer and actor Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) (R) performs with musician and bandleader Tommy Dorsey (1905 -1956) (L), who conducts the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, c. 1941. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American singer and actor Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) stands on a ladder as he signs autographs for a crowd of fans, Los Angeles, California, 1943. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra in his first starring role in the 1943 film "Higher and Higher." He had the help of pianist-vocalist Dooley Wilson, left, French actress Michele Morgan, right. (AP Photo)
CIRCA 1945: American singer and actor Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) smiles in front of a vintage CBS radio microphone in circa 1945. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Bobby soxers swarm about crooner Frank Sinatra, right and actor Phil Silvers, middle as they leave a New York restaurant on May 29, 1945. Both men are wearing USO uniforms preparatory to leaving for overseas to entertain American troops. The WAC officer in the right foreground was not identified. (AP Photo)
BRONX, NY - 1949: Crooner Frank Sinatra and Phil Rizzuto of the New York Yankees share a laugh in the Yankee dugout at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Sinatra was attending as part of the preparation for a role as a baseball player in the upcoming film, 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame'. (Photo by Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra as Pfc. Angelo Maggio in a scene from the 1953 film "From Here To Eternity". Sinatra received an Academy Award for best supporting actor in the film. (AP Photo)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Photo of Frank SINATRA; with Axel Stordahl at the Liederkrantz Hall, New York (Photo by William Gottlieb/Redferns)
Popular American entertainer Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) (right) laughs as comedian Red Skelton (born Richard Bernard Skelton, 1913 - 1997) clowns around during a segement of an episode of the television variety show 'Toast of the Town,' New York, New York, August 12, 1956. (Photo by Carl Mydans/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Grace Kelly and her co-star in "High Society" Frank Sinatra, look back from their Mercedes convertible as they start work January 19, 1956, in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles on their new film. (AP Photo)
2nd June 1958: American singer and film actor Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) arriving at London Airport, after flying in from New York to spend a holiday in England before going on to Paris. (Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)
Singer Frank Sinatra is shown at the fashionable Harwyn Club in the midtown section of New York, with model Nan Whitney, 1958. (AP Photo)
Frank Sinatra, actor-singer, extends a hand to help Laurence Harvey, British actor, from the lake at Central Park in New York, Feb. 7, 1962 during the filming of a movie. In the scene from the film, "The Manchurian Candidate," Harvey has, according to script, reacted to a random suggestion: "Go jump in the lake." The reaction - to respond to the first suggestion he hears after seeing a queen of diamonds results from brainwashing while a prisoner during the Korean war. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)
27th April 1962: American actor and singer Frank Sinatra singing to crowds during a charity concert in Hibiya Park, Tokyo. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
OCTOBER 2: Singer Frank Sinatra and bandleader Count Basie record in the studio on October 2, 1963. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
What will henceforth be known as the Bing Crosby Award of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will be presented officially to Bing Crosby, right, by Frank Sinatra, left, on NBC-TV'€™s 60-minute special '€œThe Best on Record,' on Sunday, Nov. 24, 1963. This annual award is bestowed by the Trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences upon a member of the recording industry, who, during his lifetime has made a creative contribution of outstanding artistic or scientific significance to the field of phonograph records. (AP Photo)
Frank Sinatra is seen leaving JFK airport on Sunday, July 4, 1964, for a vacation and to cover the Floyd Patterson - Eddie Machen fight in Stockholm for Life magazine. He holds a camera as he boards an SAS airlines plane. (AP Photo)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1965: Entertainer Frank Sinatra shaving his face in a mirror. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra and his regular girl friend, 19-year-old TV actress Mia Farrow, take in the third game of the World Series at Los Angeles on Oct. 9, 1965. The actor is joking with the photographer, an acquaintance. (AP Photo)
Frank Sinatra comes up as a cynical but dedicated private eye in his latest film, "Tony Rome," June 1, 1967 He gets plenty of action in the title role of the movie, which was scripted by the late Richard Breen from Marvin H. Albert’s novel "Miami Mayhem." The film is being shot on location in Miami and other Florida spots. Here, in a scene from the film, Sinatra, left, looks quizzically at character actor Harry Davis in Florida. (AP Photo)
Frank Sinatra, left, plays the title role in the film "The Detective," outside New York City police station, Oct. 16, 1967. With him is his stand-in Alex Stevens. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)
American singer and actor Frank Sinatra checks the script during the making of 'The Lady In Cement' in Miami, 1968. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Entertainer Frank Sinatra is shown in this 1970 photograph. (AP Photo)
Frank Sinatra leads his daughter Nancy down the stairs for the wedding in December 1970. (AP Photo)
Singer Frank Sinatra belts out a song during an appearance at the White House, Washington, April 18, 1973. Sinatra, who retired from singing last year, returned to the stage for the first time as he sang 10 songs during the evening. He entertained during a state dinner honoring Italy's Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Behind Sinatra is bandleader Nelson Riddle. (AP Photo/Jim Palmer)
Frank Sinatra and Barbara Marx. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope break up over the sight, and sound, of John Wayne and Bing Crosby pretending to sing a duet as the four stars prepared to tape a two-hour special, "Bob Hope's Quarter-Century of Comedy" at NBC in Los Angeles Wednesday night, October 16, 1975. From left to right are; Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
Frank Sinatra, center, appearing as a performer on the annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon hosted by Jerry Lewis, right, brings on Dean Martin, Lewis old partner, to the surprise of Lewis, Sunday, Sept. 6, 1976, Las Vegas, Nev. It was the first time Martin and Lewis had appeared together since their comedy team broke up 20 years ago. A spokesman said the surprised Lewis was really genuinely touched. (AP Photo)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Episode 11/14/1977 --Pictured: (l-r) Actor/comedian Don Rickles, guest host Frank Sinatra on Novemeber 14, 1977 (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra accompanies his wife Barbara (r) escorted by three Israeli troopers armed with M-16 assault rifles as the group goes to a dedication ceremony in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on April 9, 1978 in Jerusalem. Between the Sinatras in the background is actor Gregory Peck. (AP Photo/Max Nash)
Frank Sinatra receives the Congressional Gold Medal in Los Angeles, June 13, 1979. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan, left, cuts-in on a dance between Frank Sinatra and his wife, first lady Nancy Reagan, at a party in the East Room of the White House in Washinton, D.C., Feb. 6, 1981. (AP Photo/White House, Mike Evans)
Singer Perry Como jokes with Frank Sinatra on the receiving line after meeting Queen Elizabeth II with other Hollywood stars at a dinner in evening on Sunday, Feb. 28, 1983 in Los Angeles honoring her majesty. Ed McNahon far right was master of ceremonies of the show with George Burns and Dionne Warwick, center. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
Gene Kelly with Frank Sinatra on Jan. 9, 1985. (AP Photo/MT)
Frank Sinatra, left, Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis Jr., right, strike a harmony during their first of five sell-out concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Tuesday night, April 19, 1989. The American trio is on the first leg of their 23-concert Ultimate Event World Tour. (AP Photo/Gillian Allen)
Frank Sinatra and his wife Barbara pose backstage for photographers Sunday night, Nov. 19, 1995, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles after the taping of "Sinatra: 80 Years My Way." The show, which airs on a later date, will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles and The Barbara Sinatra Children's Center. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Frank Sinatra, left, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin, members of the "rat pack" of performers and actors who reached their zenith in the 1960s, break out in laughter during an appearance in Beverly Hills, Calif., in this Dec. 1, 1987 file photo. Sinatra, 80, hospitalized Nov. 1, 1996 for a pinched nerve, reportedly was in deteriorating health and being treated for pneumonia and heart failure. KCBS-TV, citing an unidentified hospital source, said Sinatra s private room at Cedars Sinai Medical Center resembled an intensive care unit. (AP Photo/File, Kim Carlsberg)
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