On this Day July 11
1951 – Legendary disc jockey Alan Freed (a.k.a. “Moondog”) starts his new job spinning records for a rhythm and blues show on radio station WJW in Cleveland. With his unprecedented on-air mix of blues, country and rhythm and blues songs, Freed is credited with coining the term “rock ‘n roll.”
1804 – Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his longtime political antagonist, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and former Treasury Secretary, dies the next day.
1956 – Emmy-winning actress Sela Ward (“Sisters,” “The Fugitive,” “Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story,” “Once and Again,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “The Guardian,” “The Stepfather,” “Gone Girl”)
Own a Piece of This Day
The Alan Freed Story - The Early Years Of Rock & Roll
A must-read for every fan of early rock and roll. Author John A. Jackson not only details the blending of rock and roll in America’s cultural heritage, but the rise and fall of one of that genre’s early creators and iconic pioneers of the airwaves, Alan Freed.
Three Dog Night - The Complete Hit Singles
The definitive collection of unforgettable hits from the band that was a mainstay of Top 40 radio throughout the 60s and 70s, Three Dog Night. Featured classics include “Joy To The World,” “One” “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Black And White” and many more.
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
From award-winning New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville comes the thoroughly original, definitively ambitious, and exhilaratingly colorful biography of the largest legend ever to loom in baseball—and in the history of organized sports, Babe Ruth.
For God, Country, and Coca-Cola
Author Mark Pendergrast looks at America’s cultural, social and economic history through the bottom of a green glass Coca-Cola bottle and tells the captivating story of the world’s most recognizable consumer product.
The King and I
This visual and musical masterpiece features Yul Brynner’s Academy Award-winning performance, an unforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein score and brilliant choreography by Jerome Robbins.