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New London Bridge Opens

In 1831, the more than 600-year-old fire-damaged London Bridge was replaced with a new, five-arched, granite bridge. Designed by John Rennie, the New London Bridge spanned the city's River Thames for over a century. In 1968, it was purchased by American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it has since become Arizona's second biggest tourist attraction after the Grand Canyon. How much did McCulloch pay for the bridge?




Klezmer is a form of instrumental Jewish folk music that had its beginnings in the Middle Ages. Its name is a Yiddishized version of the Hebrew klei zemir, meaning "instruments of song," that until the mid-20th century referred to the musicians rather than the music. Largely based on cantorial singing and the folk music of Eastern Europe, klezmer has a distinctive sound that is reminiscent of the human voice. Itinerant musicians from what ethnic group influenced the genre's development?

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Jerry Garcia

Garcia was the lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. From 1965 to 1995, the group toured almost constantly, developing an intensely devoted fan base known as "Deadheads." Closely involved with the San Francisco hippie movement and the use of drugs such as LSD, Garcia became heavily addicted to cocaine and heroin in the 1980s. He struggled to overcome his addictions and was at a drug rehabilitation center when he died suddenly in 1995. What caused his death?

Last updated on Saturday, 1st August 2009

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