On this day: September 16

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:44:47 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 16 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower, "Jingle Bells" is copyrighted, General Motors is founded, Nixon drops in on "Laugh-In," Hurricane Ivan hits the Gulf Coast, and the federal government bails out AIG, all on this day.

OTD September 16 - BB King
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1925: Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter B.B. King is born Riley B. King in a small cabin on a cotton plantation outside of Berclair, Mississippi. King, considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time and nicknamed "The King of Blues," was known for hit songs such as "3 O'clock Blues," "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Sweet Little Angel." He died at the age of 89 in Las Vegas on May 14, 2015, from complications of Alzheimer's disease along with congestive heart failure and diabetic complications.

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