On this Day July 11

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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.” 

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The No. 1 single in the U.S. is “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” by Three Dog Night.  The song, written by Randy Newman, holds the top spot for two weeks.

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George Herman “Babe” Ruth makes his major league debut, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians, 4-3. 

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Coca-Cola announces the return of original Coke after consumers rejected its replacement by New Coke. The original formula is renamed Coca-Cola Classic.

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Tony and Oscar-winning actor Yul Brynner (“The King and I,” “Anastasia,” “The Ten Commandments,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Westworld”)

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Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega (“Tom’s Diner,” “Luka”)