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Today in Music History for June 3: In 1875, French composer Georges Bizet died in Paris at age 36. In 1942, Curtis Mayfield, a driving force in R&B music as singer, writer, producer and record company owner, was born in Chicago.


Today in Music History for June 2: In 1857, English composer Sir Edward Elgar was born. Music composed in 1897 for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee brought him public recognition.


Today in Music History for June 6: In 1939, singer Gary U.S. Bonds, whose real name is Gary Anderson, was born in Jacksonville, Fla. Bonds had a string of energetic dance records in the early '60s, topped by "Quarter to Three," which reached No.


Today in Music History for June 7: In 1904, the Haskell Opera House was opened in Rock Island on the Quebec-Vermont border. Now classified as a historic site, it also includes a library on the main floor.


Today in Music History for June 5: In 1926, singer Bill Hayes was born in Harvey, Ill. He had a No. 1 hit in 1955 with "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," outselling a version by Fess Parker, star of the Disney movie. Coonskin hats were big that year.


Today in Music History for June 4: In 1894, Quebec singer and songwriter La Bolduc (Mary Rose-Anna Travers,) was born in Newport, Que.


Today in Music History for June 8: In 1940, singer Nancy Sinatra, the eldest child of Frank Sinatra, was born in Jersey City, N.J. After hooking up with producer Lee Hazelwood, she hit No.


Today in History for June 2: On this date: In 1615, the first missionaries to come to Canada, the Recoletts, arrived in Quebec. In 1740, the Marquis de Sade -- writer, philosopher and revolutionary -- was born in Paris. In 1835, P.T.


Today in History for June 3: On this date: In 1097, Crusaders recaptured the ancient Christian city of Antioch, in present-day Turkey, from Muslim rule. In 1621, the Dutch West Indies Co. was founded to promote trade and colonization in the Americas.


Today in History for June 7: On this date: In 1329, Scotland's national hero, Robert the Bruce, died of leprosy he had contracted during his campaigns against the English. In 1502, Pope Gregory XIII was born Ugo Buoncompagni in Bologna, Italy.