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On this day: June 25

Published On: Jun 23 2013 09:16:35 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Custer makes his last stand, France surrenders to Germany during World War II, Anne Frank's diary is published, the Korean War begins, and Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson both die, all on this day.

OTD June 25 - Hillel Slovak
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1988: Hillel Slovak, a guitarist and founding member of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, dies of a heroin overdose at age 26 in Hollywood, Calif. Slovak recorded two albums with the band, 1985's "Freaky Styley" and 1987's "The Uplift Mofo Party Plan," and is considered to have been a major influence on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' early sound. The band has recorded several songs as tributes to Slovak, including "Knock Me Down" and "My Lovely Man." He was replaced in the band by John Frusciante, who has said he considers Slovak's style of playing a major influence.

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