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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 24, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Friday, Nov. 24, 2006.
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2005 with 37 to follow.
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Today is Sunday, July 24, the 205th day of 2005 with 160 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 24, the 329th day of 2004 with 37 to follow.
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Today is Saturday, July 24, the 206th day of 2004 with 160 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2003 with 37 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2003 with 160 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for April 5-11.
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Today in Music: a look at pop music

, April 11 (UPI) -- Today's birthdays include Chris Difford of Squeeze, who was born in 1954 (age 49); Neville Staples of the Specials in 1956 (age 47); Stuart Adamson, guitarist with Big Country, in 1958 (age 45); and Lisa Stansfield in 1966 (age 37).

Hollywood remembers Vernon Scott

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Scores of film and TV professionals gathered in Los Angeles Saturday to honor UPI Hollywood reporter Vernon Scott, who died of cardiac arrest last November.
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Scott Joplin (between July 1867 and January 1868 – April 1, 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist, born near Texarkana, Texas, into the first post-slavery generation. He achieved fame for his unique ragtime compositions, and was dubbed the "King of Ragtime." During his brief career, he wrote forty-four original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and remained so for a century.

He was "blessed with an amazing ability to improvise at the piano," writes opera historian Elise Kirk, and was able to enlarge his talents "with the music he heard around him," which was rich with the sounds of gospel hymns and spirituals, dance music, plantation songs, syncopated rhythms, blues, and choruses.:190 After he studied music with several local teachers, his talent was noticed by a German immigrant music teacher, Julius Weiss, who chose to give the 11-year-old boy lessons free of charge. He was taught music theory, keyboard technique, and an appreciation of various European music styles, such as folk and opera. As an adult, Joplin also studied at an all-black college in Sedalia, Missouri.

"He composed music unlike any ever before written," according to Joplin biographer Edward Berlin. Eventually, "the piano-playing public clamored for his music; newspapers and magazines proclaimed his genius; musicians examined his scores with open admiration.":3 Ragtime historian Susan Curtis noted that "when Joplin syncopated his way into the hearts of millions of Americans at the turn of the century, he helped revolutionize American music and culture."

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