On this day: December 2

POSTED: 5:51 PM Nov 25 2013   UPDATED: 1:00 AM Dec 02 2015

The Ford Model A goes on sale, a historic atomic milestone is reached under some Chicago football bleachers, "Thriller" premieres on MTV, Pablo Escobar is shot dead, and Enron files for bankruptcy, all on this day.

OTD December 2 - Odetta
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2008: Odetta, the singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement," dies of heart disease at age 77 in New York City. Odetta, whose full name was Odetta Holmes, helped revive American folk music in the 1950s and served as an influence for artists such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples and Janis Joplin. She seen here at a music festiaval in July 2006.