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Born on this Day in History: August 1, 1942 - Guitarist and songwriter, Jerry Garcia was the front man for the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. He also worked on a number of collaborations and solo albums. He is well known for his distinctive guitar playing, and for his band's "Deadheads," fans who followed the band from concert to concert. Garcia struggled heavily with heroin addiction, and in 1995 died of a heart attack.
On this Day in History: August 1, 1961 - Amusement park lovers "head for the thrills" as Six Flags Over Texas, the first park in the Six Flags chain, opens. Located on 212 acres in Arlington, Texas, the park was the first to feature log flume and mine train rides and later, the first 360-degree looping roller coaster, modern parachute drop and man-made river rapids ride. The park also pioneered the concept of all-inclusive admission price; until then, separate entrance fees and individual ride tickets were the standard. During its opening year, a day at Six Flags cost $2.75 for an adult and $2.25 for a child. A hamburger sold for 50 cents and a soda set the buyer back a dime.