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THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED

On May 10, 1982: The famous New York radio station WABC officially transitioned to an all-talk radio show format. The change was made at noon after the station played its final musical selection, “Imagine” by John Lennon.

 

RIOT AT THE OPERA

On May 10, 1849: Growing tensions between supporters of rival actors, Englishman William Macready and American Edwin Forrest, reached the boiling point at the Astor Place Opera House. The ensuing riot left more than 20 people dead, severely damaged the Opera House, and required heavy involvement by the police force and the state militia.

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