On this day: June 18

Published: Jun 13 2013 05:44:11 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 18 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

The War of 1812 begins, Napoleon is routed at Waterloo, Columbia Records introduces the LP, Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space, and the music world says goodbye to the "The Big Man," all on this day.

OTD June 18 - Clarence Clemons
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2011: Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, best known for being a part of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band for nearly 40 years, dies at age 69 in West Palm Beach, Florida, of complications from a stroke he suffered six days earlier. Clemons, who was nicknamed "The Big Man" because of his imposing presence at 6 feet 4 inches and well over 200 pounds, also released several solo albums and appeared as a guest musician with other performers and bands. He also appeared as an actor in several films, including "New York, New York" and "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" and made cameo appearances in several TV series, including "Diff'rent Strokes," "Nash Bridges," "The Simpsons" and "The Wire."

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