On this day: October 24

Published On: Oct 23 2012 05:22:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The first transcontinental telegraph message is sent, Harry Houdini gives his last performance, the United Nations is born, Jackie Robinson dies, and the Concorde makes its last commercial flight, all on this day.

OTD October 24 - The Big Bopper
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1930: Jiles Perry Richardson Jr., the disc jockey, singer-songwriter and guitarist better known as The Big Bopper, is born in Sabine Pass, Texas. The early rock 'n' roll star, best known for his recording of "Chantilly Lace," died at age 28 in a plane crash in Iowa along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens on Feb. 3, 1959.

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