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 - Randy Rhoads
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1982: Heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhoads (right), best known as a member of Ozzy Osbourne's band, dies at the age of 25 in a plane crash in Leesburg, Florida. The plane was buzzing Osbourne's tour bus when its left wing clipped the bus, sending the plane into a spiraling crash into a nearby garage. Pilot Andrew Aycock and hairdresser/seamstress Rachel Youngblood were also killed in the crash. Rhoads, who performed on Osbourne's first two albums, 1980's "Blizzard of Ozz" and 1981's "Diary of a Madman," was also known for co-founding the band Quiet Riot at the age of 16.


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