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UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 30, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 30, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, June 30, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Saturday, June 30, 2007.

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Today is Friday, June 30, the 181st day of 2006 with 184 to follow.
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Supremes' Mary Wilson has heart attack

LAS VEGAS, May 20 (UPI) -- Mary Wilson, one of the original members of the Motown hitmakers The Supremes, suffered a heart attack in Las Vegas and will have bypass surgery. Wilson suffers from hereditary high blood cholesterol and was hospitalized with chest pains on Friday, PR Ins

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Today is Thursday, June 30, the 181st day of 2005 with 184 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, June 30, the 182nd day of 2004 with 184 to follow.
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Today is Monday, June 30, the 181st day of 2003 with 184 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Nina Simone, who was born in 1933 (age 70); music and film mogul David Geffen in 1943 (age 60); Uriah Heep's Paul Newton in 1945 (age 58); Jerry Harrison of Modern Lovers and also Talking Heads in 1949 (age 54); Tubes keyboardist
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Today In Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Feb. 15-21.
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Today in music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Alan Freed, who was born in 1922. It was Freed who (according to legend) coined the phrase "rock 'n' roll." Cindy Birdsong, who sang with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells as well as the Supremes, was born in 1939 (age 63); drummer
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 14-20.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

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Today is Sunday, June 30, the 181st day of 2002 with 184 to follow.
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Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman (June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976) was an American singer and a founding member of the Motown group The Supremes. From 1963 until 1967, Ballard sang on 16 Top 40 hit Supremes' singles, ten of which hit number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1967, Motown CEO Berry Gordy decided to remove Ballard from the Supremes. After being dropped from the group, Ballard struggled with a solo career in the late 1960s and spent much of the last five years of her life in relative poverty. In 1976, Ballard died of cardiac arrest at the age of thirty-two. Her death has been called "one of rock's greatest tragedies".

Florence Ballard was born in Detroit in 1943. The ninth of fifteen children, Ballard's parents Lurlee (née Wilson) and Jessie Lambert Ballard had migrated from Rosetta, Mississippi, to participate in Detroit's then booming job market. Jessie Ballard eventually found work at General Motors but still struggled to take care of his growing brood. The Ballards moved constantly around Detroit, living in 7 Mile for a brief time and then living at the Black Bottom projects. Ballard's family eventually settled at the then-newly developed Brewster-Douglass housing projects by the time Ballard was fifteen.

Ballard's cousin was rock 'n' roll and soul music pioneer Hank Ballard. Ballard began singing in church at an early age. Ballard, often called "Flo" by family and friends, also acquired the nickname "Blondie" due to her light auburn hair and fair complexion that reflected her mixed heritage. In 1958, Ballard met Mary Wilson and became acquainted with her after they participated in the same talent competition.

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