The Grand Canyon becomes a national park, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album hits No. 1, a truck bomb explodes under the World Trade Center, and teenager Trayvon Martin is shot and killed, all on this day.
1990: R&B singer Cornell Gunter of The Coasters is shot and killed in his car in Las Vegas at the age of 53. Gunter, who was also an original member of The Platters, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of The Coasters in 1987.
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