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The Day the Music Died Day

Monday, February 03, 2014

The Day the Music Died Day

When : Always February 3rd

The Day the Music Died Day commemorates the untimely death of singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. These three Rock singers died in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959. at the height of their popularity.

Every generation has their music idols. These three were among the top of the 1950's generation. Those who grew up in the fifties mourned the premature deaths of their music idols. Memorials and remembrances occurred for years. Today, there are many websites memorializing their deaths, and detailing the events before and after the tragedy.

This Day in History February 3rd

The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in America. (1690)

American Revolutionary War: British forces seize the Dutch-owned Caribbean island Sint Eustatius. (1781)

American Revolutionary War: Spain recognizes United States independence. (1783)

Militia led by General Benjamin Lincoln crush the remnants of Shays' Rebellion in Petersham, Massachusetts. (1787)

Militia led by General Benjamin Lincoln crush the remnants of Shays' Rebellion in Petersham, Massachusetts. (1809)

The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to citizens regardless of race. (1870)

Governor of Kentucky William Goebel dies of wound sustained in an assassination attempt three days earlier in Frankfort, Kentucky. (1900)

The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax. (1913)

World War I: The United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany a day after the latter announced a new policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. (1917)

The Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco, California begins service as the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long. (1918)

The USAT Dorchester is sunk by a German U-boat. Only 230 of 902 men aboard survived. The Chapel of the Four Chaplains, dedicated by President Harry Truman, is one of many memorials established to commemorate the Four Chaplains story. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. The chaplains joined arms, said prayers, and sang hymns as they went down with the ship. (1943)

World War II: During the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign, U.S. Army and Marine forces seize Kwajalein Atoll from the defending Japanese garrison. (1944)

World War II: As part of Operation Thunderclap, 1,000 B-17s of the Eighth Air Force bomb Berlin, a raid which kills between 2,500 to 3,000 and dehouses another 120,000. (1945)

World War II: The United States and the Philippine Commonwealth begin a month-long battle to retake Manila from Japan. (1945)

The lowest temperature in North America is recorded in Snag, Yukon. −63.9 C (−83.0 F). (1947)

Death of rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. (1959)

The United States Air Forces begins Operation Looking Glass, and over the next 30 years, a "Doomsday Plane" is always in the air, with the capability of taking direct control of the United States' bombers and missiles in the event of the destruction of the SAC's command post. (1961)

The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon. (1966)

New York Police Officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survives to later testify against police corruption. Many believe the incident proves that NYPD officers tried to kill him. (1971)

The first day of the seven-day 1972 Iran blizzard, which would kill at least 4,000 people, making it the deadliest snowstorm in history. (1972)

John Buster and the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center announce history's first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth. (1984)

Space Shuttle program: STS-41-B is launched using Space Shuttle Challenger.

Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 gets underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (1995)

Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984. (1998)

Cavalese cable car disaster: a United States Military pilot causes the death of 20 people when his low-flying plane cuts the cable of a cable-car near Trento, Italy. (1998)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PATRICIAAK 2/3/2014 8:23PM

    vaguely remember it

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PMAY0313 2/3/2014 6:56PM


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PLMITCH 2/3/2014 3:00PM

    WOW! Did not know this day existed -- glad you brought it up!

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MARTYLYNN1 2/3/2014 1:48PM

    I was only 8 years old when they died but I remember it. I used to sneak in my teenage brothers room and play his 45 of Peggy Sue.

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HANSBRINK 2/3/2014 12:09PM

  Like you say "Every generation has their music idols." I only know of these musicians from the movies and the "Golden Oldies" radio programs.

thanks for the history tidbits.

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WENDYW596 2/3/2014 9:48AM

    Very Interesting Facts........ Being a teenager from Iowa, the 3 singers that lost their lives in that crash impacted me. I have memories listening to them. They had Happy Music. I especially like Buddy Holly's Music. Thanks for the trip down memory land.

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RSSSLHB 2/3/2014 8:33AM


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AUNTHELEN 2/3/2014 2:58AM

    Love their music! emoticon

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JANTWO 2/3/2014 2:38AM

    So sad.

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CURRAHEE68 2/3/2014 2:23AM

    It was one heck of a day, for sure!

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