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James “Cool Papa” Bell and the Baseball Hall of Fame

On this day in 1974, James “Cool Papa” Bell was inducted in the the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Said to be the fastest man…

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George Gershwin and Modern Music

Rhapsody in Blue is performed live for the first time in New York City’s Aeolian Hall. The entire evening’s program, billed as an “Experiment In…

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The British Invasion – The Beatles

On this day in 1964, The Beatles make their first of three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, marking the opening salvo of the British…

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The Day the Music Died

On this day in 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, together with their pilot Roger Peterson, perish in a violent…

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And the Curtain Closed on Gene Kelly

On this day in 1996, Eugene Curran Kelly, perhaps the greatest hoofer in American history, passes peacefully in his Beverly Hills home at 83. The…

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Hedy Lamarr, the Cuban Missile Crisis, GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

On this day in 2000, Vienna-born actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr passes away from heart failure in Altamonte Springs, FLA at age 85. Appearing in…

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