February 3, 1959:
The Day the Music Died.
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed when their plane crashed during an ice storm. The three musicians were on the Winter Dance party tour. They typically took a chartered bus from one city to the next, but the freezing weather made the rides cold an uncomfortable, with some performers suffering from frostbite and pneumonia as a result. After playing a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly decided to charter a plane to the next venue, rather than take the bus. The small plane took off late a night in a snowstorm under poor visibility, crashing into a cornfield soon after takeoff. The three musicians, along with pilot Roger Peterson, were killed instantly.
Taken From: This Day in History by Jim Daley; Copyright 2019; Publications International, LTD