On this day: July 11

POSTED: 9:33 AM Jul 09 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Jul 11 2014

A vice president duels for honor, the Marine Corps is re-established, a folk singer debuts, a space station plummets to Earth, and Martin Luther King earns a posthumous honor, all on this day.

OTD July 11 - George Gershwin
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1937: Composer George Gershwin, whose best works include the orchestral compositions "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris" as well as the opera "Porgy and Bess," dies from a brain tumor at age 38 in Los Angeles, California.

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