The Mississippi River is rocked by earthquakes, Baltimore burns, Chaplin debuts "The Tramp," The Beatles arrive in America, and space shuttle astronauts make the first untethered spacewalk, all on this day.
2000: Rapper Big Pun, who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in the late 1990s, dies of a heart attack and respiratory failure at the age of 28 in White Plains, N.Y. The Puerto Rican-American rapper, whose real name was Christopher Lee Rios, made his commercial debut on fellow rapper Fat Joe's second album, "Jealous One's Envy," and made his full-length debut with the album "Capital Punishment" in 1998. The album became the first by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart and earning a Grammy nomination.
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