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On this day: December 11

Published On: Dec 10 2012 11:24:00 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 11 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

The world's first motor show opens in Paris, Marie Curie receives her second Nobel Prize, Muhammad Ali fights his last fight, and Bernie Madoff is arrested, all on this day.

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2012: Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who became a hippie musical icon of the 1960s and introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over a 10-decade career, dies at age 92 in San Diego, Calif. The musician's foundation issued a statement saying that he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had recently undergone heart-valve replacement surgery. In the 1960s, Shankar took Eastern music mainstream in the West. He lent ethereal, spiritual sounds to the Beatles through his friendship with George Harrison, who recorded them on the "Sgt. Pepper's" album in the song "Within You Without You." Virtuoso performances at Monterey in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969 helped cement Shankar's place in Western musical history as an ambassador of Eastern wisdom to a generation looking for new values.

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