The First Transcontinental Railroad is completed, "Rock Around the Clock" is released, The Incredible Hulk makes his debut, Wilt Chamberlain plays his last game, and Nelson Mandela is inaugurated, all on this day.
1957: Rock musician Sid Vicious, best known as the bass guitarist and vocalist for the punk group Sex Pistols, is born John Simon Ritchie in London, England. Vicious, who joined the Sex Pistols in 1977 and became known for his charisma and wild antics on and off stage, died at the age of 21 on Feb. 2, 1979, from a heroin overdose.
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