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3rd February 1959, the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson and the pilot Roger Peterson's lives were claimed in a plane crash just minutes after taking off from Clear Lake. This was, and still is, known as 'The Day Music Died'.
Maggie: What happened on the 3rd February 1959?

Peter: It was the day music died.
by elvis costello and buddy holly January 20, 2010
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