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Greenville site of Lynyrd Skynyrd's last concert before devastating plane crash

Lynyrd Skynyrd's accelerating career came to an abrupt halt in October 1977, when a plane en route from Greenville to Baton Rouge, La., crashed, killing lead vocalist/co-founder Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie Gaines (a back-up vocalist), and injuring the survivors. ...

Diet cola debut happened Rite here

Experts scoffed, but Greenville residents just quaffed Diet Rite when the nation's first low-calorie soft drink was test-marketed here in September 1961.

Nick Nicholson, owner and president of the local Nehi-Royal Crown Bottling Co., said he and William Miller, a Royal Crown chemist, cajoled ...

Greenville once chief supplier of world's Pepto-Bismol supply

Proctor & Gamble's plant at what was then known as Donaldson Industrial Park became the chief supplier to the world of P&G's famous Pepto-Bismol stomach medicine, shipping some 20 million pounds annually.

The plant built in 1968 closed in the late '90s.

Bob Dylan locked out of Memorial Auditorium for his own concert

In 1991, Bob Dylan was turned away at the door of his own performance at Greenville Memorial Auditorium.

When a hooded Dylan with a scruffy face tried to get into the auditorium, security turned him away.

"He just came walking up the back ...