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Born on this Day in History: September 19, 1941 - Cass Elliot, better known as "Mama Cass," was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She became a folk singer in 1963. In 1965, she formed The Mamas and the Papas, becoming an overnight success. They produced hits such as "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday." After the band broke up in 1968, Elliot had some success as a solo act, but died suddenly from heart failure, at the age of 32.
On this Day in History: September 19, 1957 - The United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. A modified W-25 warhead weighing 218 pounds and measuring 25.7 inches in diameter and 17.4 inches in length was used for the test. Rainier was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as Operation Plumbbob that were conducted at the NTS between May 28, 1957, and October 7, 1957.