On this day: April 19

POSTED: 12:37 PM PDT Apr 17, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 18, 2016 

The American Revolutionary War breaks out, the Soviet Union launches the first space station, the Waco siege ends in a deadly blaze, and homegrown terrorists strike Oklahoma City, all on this day.

OTD April 19 - Levon Helm
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2012: Rock musician and actor Levon Helm, who found fame as the drummer and frequent lead singer for The Band, dies of throat cancer at the age of 71 in New York City. Helm sang lead vocals on some of The Band's most well-known songs, such as "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." Helm also had a successful career as an actor, appearing in such films as "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "The Right Stuff."


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