The 20th anniversary of JerryGarcia’s death is marked by HISTORY and CNN.

Unlike most of his peers, Jerry was able to thrive creatively and commercially into the 1990s because he was still going strong three decades after his band’s formation.He died of a heart attack in a drug-treatment facility in California on August 9, 1995.JerryGarcia, a legendary guitarist and cultural icon, passed away at the age of 53.

The band’s famous future residence at 710 Ashbury Street is five miles south of where he was born and raised.At the age of 15, after he convinced his mother to replace the accordion she had bought him as a birthday gift, he picked up a Danelectro electric guitar.After a brief stint in art school and the Army, and after surviving a deadly automobile accident, Jerry began to pursue a musical career, playing with various groups that were part of San Francisco’s bluegrass and folk scene.By 1965, he had joined up with bassist Phil Lesh, rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, organist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, and drummer Bill Kreutzman in a group originally called the Warlocks.

The Dead was a defining part of San Francisco’s burgeoning hippie counterculture scene.As the decade they helped to define slipped further into the past, the Grateful Dead became even more popular and successful than they were in the 60s and 70s.The Dead played an average of 100 to 150 live shows per year, frequently to sold-out audiences that included a significant proportion of tie-dye-wearing college students.

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On August 9, 2014, police officer Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri.The riots in Ferguson spread across the country.There are many different accounts of the incident.

On August 9, 1969 members of Charles Manson’s cult killed five people in the home of movie director Roman Polanski and his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate.Leno was murdered less than two days later.

Many classrooms today are required to read A Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau.It sold around 300 copies a year when it was first published.The American writer’s work is a first-person account.

Steven Slater quit his job as a flight attendant on August 9, 2010 by sliding down the emergency escape chute on his plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport.He claimed his actions.

Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal in the 4100-meter relay at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.His relay team set a new world record and held it for 20 years.They had a good showing in the track and field events.

At the Battle of Adrianople in present-day Turkey, a large Roman army under Valens, the Roman emperor of the East, is defeated by the Visigoths.Two-thirds of the Roman army, including Emperor Valens himself, were overrun.