Buddy Holly – Today In Southern History

7 September 1936 

Buddy Holly

On this date in 1936…

Rock and Roll icon Charles “Buddy” Holly was born in Lubbock Texas. 

Other Years:

  • 1838 – Confederate artilleryman and martyr Major John Pelham (promoted to Lieutenant Colonel after his death) was born near Alexandria, Alabama.
  • 1943 –  A fire in the decrepit old Gulf Hotel killed 45 in Houston, Texas.
  • 1965 – Hurricane Betsy struck Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana killing 74.
  • 1970 – Bill Shoemaker of Fabens, Texas, set the record for most lifetime wins as a jockey.
  • 1971 – “The Beverly Hillbillies” aired its final episode on CBS-TV. 
  • 1986 – Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins threw his 100th career touchdown pass, in only his 44th NFL game, which set a NFL record.
  • 1998 – Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals set a new major league baseball record for most homeruns hit in a single season when he broke Roger Maris’ 1961 record of 61.

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