MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENED ON THIS DAY

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On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock music festival opened on a
patch of farmland in White Lake, a hamlet in the upstate New
York town of Bethel.

Promoters John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and
Michael Lang originally envisioned the festival as a way to raise
funds to build a recording studio and rock-and-roll retreat near
the town of Woodstock, New York. The longtime artists’ colony
was already a home base for Bob Dylan and other musicians.

Despite their relative inexperience, the young promoters managed
to sign a roster of top acts, including the Jefferson Airplane, the
Who, the Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin,
Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more.

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PITCHING ACE THROWS FIRST NO -HITTER

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On August 14, 1971, St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson threw
the first no-hitter of his storied career. Gibson’s heroics helped
his team sail to an 11-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Gibson died on October 2, 2020, at age 84, under hospice care
after fighting pancreatic cancer for more than a year.

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Robert Gibson (Pack Robert Gibson) 
(November 9, 1935 – October 2, 2020)

Nicknamed "Gibby" and "Hoot"
(after actor
Hoot Gibson)

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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Stephen Glenn Martin an actor, comedian, writer, producer,
and musician. He has won five
Grammy Awards, a Primetime
Emmy 
Award, and was awarded an Honorary Academy Award
at the
Academy’s 5th Annual
Governors Awards in 2013. He’s
77 today.
      
 

In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list
of the 100 greatest stand-up comics.
    

    

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In 2009, Martin released his first all-music album, The Crow:
New Songs
for the 5-String Banjo
with appearances from
stars such as
Dolly Parton.The album won the Grammy
Award for Best Bluegrass Album
in 2010.


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CITY BEGAN TO BE DIVIDED ON THIS DAY IN 1961

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Shortly after midnight on August 13, 1961, East German soldiers
began laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between
Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section
of the city.

After World War II, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet,
American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of
Berlin, though technically part of the Soviet zone, was also split,
with the Soviets taking the eastern part of the city. After a massive
Allied airlift in June 1948 foiled a Soviet attempt to blockade West
Berlin, the eastern section was drawn even more tightly into the
Soviet fold.

Over the next 12 years, cut off from its western counterpart and
basically reduced to a Soviet satellite, East Germany saw between
2.5 million and 3 million of its citizens head to West Germany in
search of better opportunities. By 1961, some 1,000 East Germans,
including many skilled laborers, professionals and intellectuals,
were leaving every day.

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SONG ORIGINALLY RECORDED ON THIS DAY

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Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” (1956) is one of the biggest and
most instantly recognizable pop songs in history. It’s a song
so closely associated with the King of Rock and Roll, in fact,
that many may mistakenly assume that it was a Presley original.
In fact, the story of the song that gave Elvis his longest-running
#1 hit (11 weeks) in the summer of 1956 began four years earlier,
when “Hound Dog” was recorded for the very first time by the
rhythm-and-blues singer Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton in
Los Angeles, California. According to Maureen Mahon, a music
professor at
New York University,"the song is seen as an
important beginning of rock-and-roll, especially in its use of
the guitar as the key instrument".

Thornton was found dead at age 57 by medical personnel in a
Los Angeles boarding house on July 25, 1984. She died of heart
and liver disorders due to her longstanding alcohol abuse.

    
    


    
    
    

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