The Union gets its first victory of the Civil War, Ronald Reagan is born, The Righteous Brothers hit No. 1, and astronaut Alan Shepard works on his lunar golf game, all on this day.
1998: Austrian singer Falco, best known for the 1985 international hit "Rock Me Amadeus," dies at the age of 40 after his car crashes with a bus on the road linking the towns of Villa Montellano and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. "Rock Me Amadeus" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, making Falco, whose real name was Johann Hölzel, the only artist whose principal language was German to score a No. 1 hit in the United States.
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