On this day: January 27

POSTED: 9:55 PM PST January 26, 2014    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST January 26, 2015 

Mozart is born, Auschwitz is liberated, Elvis releases "Heartbreak Hotel," tragedy claims the crew of Apollo 1, Michael Jackson's hair catches fire, and Steve Jobs unveils the iPad, all on this day.

OTD January 27 - Pete Seeger
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2014: Folk singer-songwriter and activist Pete Seeger dies of natural causes at age 94 in New York City. Seeger became a fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s and had a string of hits during the early 1950s as a member of The Weavers, including their recording of the song "Goodnight, Irene," which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. The writer of songs such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn!," he became a prominent singer of protest music in the 1960s.


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