On this day: December 17

POSTED: 01:50 PM PST Dec 14, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 16, 2014 

France recognizes America as a nation, the Wright brothers take flight, Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicki in front of millions of TV viewers, and Kim Jong-il dies, all on this day.

OTD December 17 - Captain Beefheart
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2010: Rock musician and singer-songwriter Captain Beefheart dies of complications from multiple sclerosis at the age of 69 in Arcata, California. Born Don Glen Vliet, he took the Captain Beefheart stage name and recorded 13 albums with a rotating ensemble of musicians called The Magic Band between 1965 and 1982. Although he saw little commercial success or critical acclaim during his career, he established a cult following and influenced New Wave, post-punk, experimental and alternative rock musicians.

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