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2/3/2013: Today in 1959 Singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were killed when their plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa, shortly after their last concert at the nearby Surf Ballroom.

from latimes.com

Elizabeth Catlett dies at 96; among 20th century's top black artists

Elizabeth Catlett, a sculptor and printmaker who was widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century despite having lived most of her life in Mexico, has died. She was 96.

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The day the music died. On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson

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DONNA REED nee' DONNA BELLE MULLENGER 01-27-1921 til 01-14-1986 (64) AMERICAN FILM/T.V. ACTRESS & PRODUCER.

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Mary Jo Trachta - Obituaries - Vinton Today, A News Cooperative :: Vinton Iowa

from the Guardian

George Nissen obituary

Using materials he found in a junkyard, 16-year-old gymnast and diver George Nissen created the first trampoline in 1930 by stretching canvas over a steel frame—perfecting it a few years later with his college gymnastics coach Larry Griswold by using nylon. Seventy years later, trampolining was named an Olympic sport … and he was alive to hear the news.

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