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Today in History: Jazz Trumpet Legend Miles Davis Dies in a California Hospital

On September 28, 1991, jazz trumpet legend Miles Davis dies in a California Hospital at the age of 65. In an era when a pop star like Madonna is labeled a "chameleon" merely for risking an occasional change in clothing and hairstyle, our vocabulary may no longer be adequate to describe the nature of an artist like Miles Davis. ...

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Today in History: In 1854 Ships Collide Off Newfoundland

Sudden and heavy fog causes two ships to collide; killing 322 people off the coast of Newfoundland on this day in 1854. The Arctic was a luxury ship, built in 1850 to carry passengers across the Atlantic Ocean. It had a wooden hull and could reach speeds of up to 13 knots per hour, an impressive clip at that point in history. On September 20, the Arctic left Liverpool, England, for North America. Seven days ...

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Today in History: Ferry Sinks Off Gambian Coast

A ferry from Senegal capsizes off the coast of Gambia on this day in 2002. Only 64 out of more than 1,000 passengers were rescued, making it one of the worst maritime disasters in history. The Joola, as it was called, was traveling from Ziguinchor, in the province of Casamance on the southern coast of Senegal, to Senegal's capital city, Dakar. ...

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Today in History: In 1991, the Ground was Broken for the Harold Washington Wing of the DuSable Museum in Chicago

Founded by artist and poet Margaret T. Burroughs in 1961, the DuSable is one of the oldest African American museums in the U.S. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs was a prominent African-American artist and writer and a co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History. She also helped to establish the South Side Community Art Center, whose opening on May 1, 1941 was dedicated by the First Lady of the Uni ...

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