3rd February
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1959 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson Killed In Plane Crash

The stars were flying in a chartered Beechcraft Bonanza which crashed in Iowa soon after takeoff. They were on their way from Mason City to Moorehead, Minnesota.

The plane had been chartered for the sole use of Holly's band, however Richardson, 28, had persuaded Waylon Jennings to give him his seat on the plane. Ritchie Valens, 17, won his seat in a coin toss.

It was on this day...
1922 Silent Star Fatty Arbuckle Trial ends with hung Jury

Arbuckle was accused of the manslaughter of starlet Virginia Rappe. Rappe died of a ruptured bladder several days after the 350-pound Arbuckle allegedly sexually assaulted her at a wild drinking party in San Francisco.

Arbuckle was eventually acquitted after a second hung jury, but his career was in ruins and his films were banned.

He would eventually direct two movies and several short films under the pseudonym William Goodrich. Arbuckle died in 1933, at the age of 46.

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Birthdays

1950 Morgan Fairchild
1947 Dave Davis
1940 Fran Tarkenton
1926 Shelley Berman
1918 Joey Bishop
1907 James Michener
1874 Gertrude Stein

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1870 The 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guarantees African American voting rights.
1938 Abbott and Costello begin their radio careers on the 'Kate Smith Hour'
1966 The USSR's Lunik 9 lands on lunar surface becoming the first probe to transmit images of the moon back to earth
1986 The Pope and Mother Teresa feed the sick together in Calcutta

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