Lee Conley Bradley, who became known as Big Bill Broonzy, was born on June 26 in 1893, as he later said, or possibly in 1905 as family records suggest.
Two world-changing figures from the worlds of politics and music were born 72 years ago today, June 18, 1942.
Growing up in a working class community, Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Allen heard opera on the streets, from neighbors' radios.
Her voice was "rich, supple and shining, it was in its prime capable of effortlessly soaring from a smoky mezzo to the pure soprano gold of a perfectly spun high C."
He was a brilliant pianist and one of the most famous and influential of all composers.
Today in labor history, Nov. 27, 1937, the pro-labor musical revue, "Pins & Needles," opens on Broadway with a cast of International Ladies Garment Workers Union members.
The derailment left 11 of the eighteen on board dead and the remaining seven injured. Among the dead were engineer Broady, the conductor, and the flagman.
On this day in 1996, rap artist and actor Tupac Amaru Shakur died, leaving a legacy that has influenced millions of working class young people, and subsequent hip hop artists.
The book included famous pro-worker songs like "The Internationale" and "Solidarity Forever."
Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," and "The Times, They Are a-Changin'" became powerful anthems of the social struggles and anti-war sentiment of Dylan's era.