On this day: April 1

Published On: Mar 28 2013 11:55:08 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The ruins of Pompeii are discovered, Apple Computer starts up, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father, and U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is rescued from Iraq, all on this day.

OTD April 1 - Scott Joplin
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1917: American musician and composer Scott Joplin, dubbed "The King of Ragtime" for his famous ragtime compositions, dies from advanced syphilis at the age of 49 in New York City. Some of his best known songs include "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer," which found new popularity, along with Joplin himself, when featured in the 1973 movie "The Sting."

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