Selena Day honors the late Tejano icon on what would have been her 50th birthday

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Selena Quintanilla is seen in an undated file photo. (Los Angeles Times)

Selena Quintanilla is seen in an undated file photo. (Los Angeles Times)

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If Selena Day wasn’t marked on your calendar already, now is the time to do so. The celebration honors the late singer Selena Quintanilla’s birthday; she would have turned 50 today.

Selena, as she was simply known, rose to fame in the early 1990s as a driving force in Tejano music, a male-dominated genre that she helped launch into the mainstream. At age 23, she was murdered March 31, 1995, by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club.

Twenty-six years after her death, the Tejano icon is still remembered and revered for her legacy, especially for what she meant to the Latino community.

“Happy Birthday to Selena Quintanilla-Perez. The Queen of Tex-Mex music wouldve turned 50 years old today. Her legacy and the doors she opened for latino artists in the music industry will always be remembered!” one Twitter user wrote.

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