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This week in Big Easy History July 8 - 14

Here is some of the events in history from this week and maybe even a little insight from me.


Welcome to Big Easy Life. It is (July 8th 2020) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history

On this date in (1984)

WLAE-TV first signed on the air it originally served as a member station of the Public Broadcasting Service

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It is (July 9th 2020) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history

On this date in (1706)

Piere LeMoyne Iberville died of Yellow Fever

I always found it such a twist of fate that a man that lived in the swamps of Louisiana for so many years and traveled so far would die in Havana, cuba.


Also on this date in (12015)


Kenny Stabler died at the age of 69, where he played finishing his NFL career for three seasons with the New Orleans Saints from 1982-84.



I can remember watching "The Snake" play in the dome. He is one of those often forgotten, late additions, to the Saints family.





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It is (July 10th 2020) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history

On this date in (1941)

Legendary jazz pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton (born in New Orleans) died in Los Angeles. His musical innovations accelerated the development of jazz.


If you have never listened to Jelly Roll you should take a few minutes to listen. Granted, compared to modern jazz it seems so different but when he was playing it was said his music was years ahead of the rag-time others played.




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It is (July11th 2020) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history

On this date in (1948)

Richard Simmons, the famous fitness advocates, was born in New Orleans

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It is ( July 12th 2020) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history


On this date in (1927)

Birthday of Tom Benson, Billionaire owner of both the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. He sadly passed away in 2018

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Welcome to Big Easy Life. It is (July 13th 2020) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history

On this date in (1978)

The Louisiana Superdome hosted the Rolling Stones, during their 1978 World Tour.


I'm old...... but not old enough to have been at this concert. I had the pleasure of seeing the Stones in the Superdome in 1994 and it was a piece of musical wonder.

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Welcome to Big Easy Life. It is (July 14th 2020) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history

On this date in (1937)

First piling driven for N.O. Charity Hospital on Tulane Ave..


One of my other careers was as a Paramedic for the city of New Orleans. I spent countless hours in Charity, especially the E.R, It's Gothic architecture is mirrored in its Gothic history. IT was the 6th Charity Hospital here in the Big Easy and officially opened in 1939 continuing as a mainstay in our healthcare system until Hurricane Katrina



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