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On this day: June 21

Published On: Jun 20 2013 02:10:40 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The first Ferris Wheel opens in Chicago, Lou Gehrig retires, Johnny Cash releases his first single, the WNBA begins play, and a TV icon and a blues legend both die, all on this day.

OTD June 21 - LP records
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Columbia Records

1948: Columbia Records unveils its new long-playing, 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record. The introduction of the LP revolutionized the recording industry, allowing a collection of 10 or more pop songs to be put on a single disc. The album "The Voice of Frank Sinatra" had the honor of being the first pop album catalogue item released in the format.

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