History: Jimi Hendrix dies in 1970

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Today in History: Jimi Hendrix dies in 1970

On this day in 1970, American musician Jimi Hendrix died after collapsing at a party in London. He was 27 years old. Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, but rose to fame in Britain with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He was arguably one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s and perhaps in the history of rock music.

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Today in History: Freddie Mercury born in 1946

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Today in History: Freddie Mercury born in 1946

He was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar (Sept. 5, 1946) but would later change his name to Freddie Mercury – the flamboyant lead singer of the iconic rock group Queen, who was known for his remarkable vocal range. He wrote many of Queen’s classic songs, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are The Champions.” Mercury died on November 24, 1991, in Kensington, London, at the age of 45.

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Today in History: Madonna born in 1958

Today in History: Madonna born in 1958

Happy Birthday, Madonna. The “Queen of Pop” is turning 63 today.

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Today in History: Oscar Peterson born in 1925

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Today in History: Oscar Peterson born in 1925

Oscar Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer who released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honors. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years. Peterson died in December of 2007 (wikipedia).

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History: Major blackout in 2003

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Today in History: Major blackout in 2003

On this day in 2003, massive power failures caused chaos across the eastern United States and Canada, hitting major cities such as New York and Ottawa. The worst power cut in US history affected more than 50 million people. Power was up and running again after nearly 30 hours. Most of the blame for the blackouts was laid on an Ohio-based plant operator, FirstEnergy, one of whose plants had shut down unexpectedly, cutting off a major supply route into the main electrical grid.

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Today in History: 1st Pink Floyd Album released in 1967

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Today in History: 1st Pink Floyd Album released in 1967

On this day in 1967,  Pink Floyd released its first album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.”

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Today in History: Louis Armstrong born in 1901

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Today in History: Louis Armstrong born in 1901

Louis Armstrong is best known as one of the greats in jazz music. Born in New Orleans, he began playing in public after dropping out of school at age 11. By the time he was 14, Armstrong was playing his cornet in a night club. Like many other jazz musicians, he moved to Chicago which was quickly becoming the center of Jazz in the United States. Over the next few years even during the great depression of the early thirties he still found work due to his unique style. In 1964 he recorded his biggest hit “Hello, Dolly!” which not only went to number 1 on the pop music chart but even dislodged the Beatles. Armstrong died on July 6, 1971.

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Happy Birthday, Mick Jagger !

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Happy Birthday, Mick Jagger !
The English music icon and Rolling Stones front man is celebrating his 78th birthday today.

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Today in History: First performance of the Rolling Stones in 1962

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Today in History: Rolling Stones’s 1st Live Performance in 1962
On this day in 1962, the British rock band performed for the first time as a group at the Marquee Club in London. The Rolling Stones soon secured a residency at the Crawdaddy Club, bringing in younger audiences who were looking for something new and exciting

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Today in History: The saxophone is patented in 1846

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Today in History: The saxophone is patented in 1846

Belgian musician Adolphe Sax developed the woodwind instrument typically made of brass, which in recent decades has heavily influenced the sound of the jazz, military band, rock, and pop musical genres.

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