On this day: May 24

POSTED: 04:15 PM PDT May 22, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 23, 2013 

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" is first published, the Brooklyn Bridge opens, Major League Baseball gets lit up, Bob Dylan is born, and "Thelma & Louise" and "Braveheart" premiere in theaters, all on this day.

OTD May 24 - Duke Ellington
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Library of Congress

1974: Composer, pianist and big-band leader Duke Ellington, a major figure in the history of jazz whose career spanned more than 50 years, dies from lung cancer and pneumonia at the age of 75 in New York City.

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