On this day: March 19

POSTED: 11:49 AM PDT Mar 14, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 18, 2016 

The Tuskegee Airmen are activated, Elvis buys Graceland, Bob Dylan releases his debut album, Texas Western makes college basketball history, and the invasion of Iraq begins, all on this day.

OTD March 19 - Tommy
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Columbia Pictures

1975: The rock musical "Tommy," based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album of the same name, premieres in New York City. The movie featured a star-studded cast including the band members themselves (most notably, lead singer Roger Daltrey in the title role) and Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Elton John and Jack Nicholson. Ann-Margret received a Golden Globe for her performance and was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. The Who guitarist Pete Townshend was also nominated for an Oscar for his work in scoring and adapting the film's music.


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