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Today in History: Legendary Cadence Lypso Icon Jeff Joseph Dies.

Dominican music legend Jeff Joseph has died. Jeff Jo was popularly known for many years as the lead singer of the Grammacks Band. The band shot to fame in the early seventies and eighties with mega hits like “Mis Debaz”, and “Soukouyant”. The work of Jeff Joseph and the Grammacks helped to promote cadence music throughout the world and gave rise to Zouk and Compa music. ...

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Today in History: Commuter Trains Collide in New York City

Two Long Island Railroad commuter trains collide on this day in 1950, killing 79 people. Defective equipment caused this horrific rear-end collision, the worst in the history of the LIRR. The accident occurred in the Richmond Hills section of Queens. A 12-car train carrying commuters from Manhattan to Hempstead on Long Island was ordered to slow down as it entered the station in Queens. ...

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Today in History: Wally “Famous” Amos’s Signature Panama Hat and Overstated Shirt are Donated to National Museum of America

On this day in 1980 Wally "Famous" Amos's signature Panama hat and overstated shirt are donated to the National Museum of American History's Business Americana collection. It is the first possessions added to the collection by An African American businessperson and recognizes the achievement of Amos who built his company from a mom and pop enterprise to a $ 250 million cookie manufacturing business. ...

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Today in History: Representing Nigeria, Agbani Darego Was Crowned Miss World

On this day in 2001, Agbani Darego was crowned Miss World. She is the first black African to win the title. Her victory in the pageant was widely welcomed in her home country, and her one year tenure included goodwill trips and scheduled appearances on behalf of the pageant. Darego was honoured with the Nigerian national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger. ...

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Today in History: Nobel Prize in Economics Awarded to Professor Arthur Lewis of Princeton.

On this day in 1979 Sir William Arthur Lewis won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He was a Saint Lucian economist well known for his contributions in the field of economic development. Arthur Lewis was born in Castries, Saint Lucia, then still a British territory in the Caribbean, as the fourth of five children of George and Ida Lewis, who had migrated from Antigua shortly after the turn of the centur ...

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Today in History: Moby-Dick is Published

On this day in 1851, Moby-Dick, a novel by Herman Melville about the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, is published by Harper & Brothers in New York. Moby-Dick is now considered a great classic of American literature and contains one of the most famous opening lines in fiction: "Call me Ishmael." Initially, though, the book about Captain Ahab and his quest for a giant white whale was a flop. ...

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