On this day in 2009: Kim Peek, inspiration for the movie Rain Man, dies of a heart attack.
On this day in 1848: Emily Bronte dies of complications from a cold.
On this day in 1940: Phil Ochs, folk singer, was born in El Paso, Texas
On this day in 1918: Professor Longhair was born. He was an incredible jazz pianist, famous for such songs as “Tipitina” and “Mardi Gras in New Orleans”.
On this day in 1957: Meredith Wilson debuted his musical “The Music Man” at the Majestic Theatre, New York City
On this day in 1960: Neil Sedaka releases the criminally catchy “Calendar Girl”.
On this day in 1777: George Washington’s Continental Army enters the military camp Valley Forge in Pennsylvania. Cold and starvation ensue.
On this day in 1918: Robert Ripley debuts his Ripley’s Believe it or Not! cartoon in the New York Globe. Back then, it was known as Champs and Chumps, and focused on sports.
On this day in 1974: Ron Wood joins the Rolling Stones.
On this day in 1941: Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire is born in Memphis, Tennessee.