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This Day in Rock 10/30/12
2008- The Beatles announce that the makers of the Rock Band video game will develop an interactive game based on the Fab Four's catalog.
2007- The Eagles' first studio album in 28 years, Long Road Out of Eden, goes on sale exclusively at Wal-Mart stores.
2002- Warren Zevon makes his first public appearance since announcing his diagnosis of terminal lung cancer as the only guest on the Late Show With David Letterman.
2001- Michael Jordan returns to the N-B-A, ending a three-year retirement.
1995- David Bowie, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, Velvet Underground and Pete Seeger are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1992- Magic Johnson plays his last N-B-A game (against the Cleveland Cavaliers) before retiring for the second (not final) time.
1990- Tunnelers meet under the English Channel and connect England to France.
Singer Axl Rose of Guns n' Roses is arrested for hitting a neighbor with an empty wine bottle. The charges are later dropped.
1984- Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same album is certified double-platinum, and In Through the Out Door is certified for sales of three-million.
1978 - NBC airs the made-for-TV film KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, starring the rockers as heroes fighting a mad scientist (Anthony Zerbe) in an amusement park.
1971 - John Lennon's Imagine album hits number-one. It's his only solo album to sell a million copies until Double Fantasy, which tops the album chart shortly after his assassination on December 8, 1980.
1970- Jim Morrison of The Doors is sentenced to six months in jail and fined 500 dollars for exposing himself onstage in Miami.
1967 - Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones pleads guilty to possessing cannabis but not guilty to possessing methedrine and cocaine.
1945 - The US government announces the end of wartime shoe rationing.
1938- Orson Welles' The War of the Worlds airs on C-B-S radio, convincing many listeners that a Martian invasion is really happening.
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This Day In Rock 10/29/12
2008- A-C/D-C's Black Ice debuts at number-one on the Billboard album chart with 784-thousand copies sold.
2007- A Maxim poll names Sarah Jessica Parker The World's Unsexiest Woman.
1992- A Washington state law prohibiting the sale of "erotic" music to minors is declared unconstitutional.
1990- It is announced that The Byrds, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker and Ike and Tina Turner have been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1983- At 491 weeks, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon becomes the longest-charting album in Billboard history.
1979- Billy Martin is fired as New York Yankees manager for the second time.
1976- Boz Scaggs gets a gold record for "Lowdown."
1975 - Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue--with Roger McGuinn, Joan Baez, Mick Ronson and others--kicks off in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1973- John Lennon releases "Mind Games" in the U-S. British fans will have to wait until November 16th for the ex-Beatle's new single.
1973- The Who's Quadrophenia is certified gold.
1971- Allman Brothers Band guitarist Duane Allman is killed in a motorcycle accident in Georgia. He was 24.
1969- The Supreme Court orders an end to all school segregation "at once."
1967 - Hair, advertised as the "The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," opens at the Public Theater in New York's East Village. It will eventually become a huge Broadway hit and spawn the hit singles "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" by The Fifth Dimension, "Good Morning Starshine" by Oliver, "Hair" by The Cowsills and "Easy to Be Hard" by Three Dog Night.
1966 - The National Organization for Women is founded.
1965 - The Rolling Stones -- whose current hit is "Get Off of My Cloud" -- begin a North American tour at the Forum in Montreal. Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles open.
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This Day In Rock 10/26/12
2010 - Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones publishes his autobiography, Life, which becomes a best-seller.

2004 - U-2's Bono and The Edge appear at Apple Computer headquarters in San Jose, California to announce the special edition U-2 I-Pod.

2000 - The New York Yankees defeat the New York Mets to win the World Series in what's called a subway series.

1999 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release Looking Forward, their first album together in 11 years and only their third studio recording ever.

1991 - Former Washington mayor Marion Barry arrives at federal prison in Virginia to begin a six-month sentence for cocaine possession.

1982 - Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappears just as the band's Know Your Rights tour is about to begin. It turns out to be a publicity stunt.

1981 - Queen and David Bowie record "Under Pressure" in Montreux, Switzerland. Years later, it becomes the basis for Vanilla Ice's career.

1976 - Chicago gets a gold record for "If You Leave Me Now."

1975 - A Chorus Line premieres on Broadway.

1970 - Muhammad Ali returns to the ring after more than three years and beats Jerry Quarry in Atlanta.

1970 - Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury debuts.

1968 - Johnny Rivers headlines the San Francisco International Pop Festival. Jose Feliciano, Iron Butterfly, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Deep Purple and Canned Heat round out the bill for two days of shows at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in suburban Pleasanton, California.

1968 - Smile, the group that would become Queen, makes its public debut opening for Pink Floyd at a London college.

1967 - Manfred Mann begin recording an obscure Bob Dylan song, "The Mighty Quinn." The band will complete it in sessions in November and December.

1967 - Pink Floyd play their first U-S show, at San Francisco's Fillmore West, opening for Richie Havens and Big Brother and the Holding Company.
1965 - The Beatles are made Members of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace presided over by Queen Elizabeth.
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This Day In Rock 10/25/12
2008 - Zenyatta, a horse co-owned by A-&-M Records co-founder Jerry Moss and named after The Police's third album, wins the Breeders' Cup filly race at Santa Anita racetrack near L-A.

2006 - Former Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler confirm that they are reuniting to tour under the name Heaven and Hell.

2005 - George Harrison's historic Concert for Bangladesh is released on D-V-D for the first time.

1999 - Actor Matthew McConaughey is arrested in Austin, Texas, and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphenalia and resisting transport. Police, responding to a noise complaint, found the actor naked, playing the bongos outside of his home.

1991 - Famous concert promoter and band manager Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash at age 60.

1990 - Evander Holyfield knocks out James "Buster" Douglas in the third round to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

1975 - Elton John becomes the first rock act to play L-A's Dodger Stadium since The Beatles in 1966. He performs in a sequined Dodger uniform.

1973 - John Lennon sues the U-S government, maintaining that illegal wiretaps and surveillance were employed against him and his lawyer, Leon Wildes, prejudicing the appeal of his deportation.

1971 - The Allman Brothers Band Live at Fillmore East receives its gold certification just four days before Duane Allman dies in a motorcycle accident.

1969 - Pink Floyd's Ummagumma album is released in the U-K, with U-S release slated for the following month.

1964 - The Beatles win five Ivor Novello Awards.

1964 - The Rolling Stones sing "Around and Around" and "Time Is on My Side" in their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. (The Stones appeared on Ed's show a total of six times.)

1963 - The Beatles kick off a tour of Sweden.

1955 - The microwave oven is introduced by the Tappan Company.
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This Day in Rock 10/24/12
2010- KISS’s Gene Simmons is admitted to a Los Angeles hospital after fainting and banging his head at Los Angeles International Airport.
2005- Cream plays the first of three reunion shows at New York's Madison Square Garden.
2005- Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man 50 years ago made her a major figure in the civil rights movement, dies at the age of 92.
1997- In Arlington, Virginia, sportscaster Marv Albert is spared a jail sentence after he makes a courtroom apology to the woman he bit during a sexual encounter.
1992- The Toronto Blue Jays become the first non-U-S team to win the World Series.
1988- The John Fogerty vs. Fantasy Records case begins. Fantasy claims that Fogerty has plagiarized his own "Run Through the Jungle" in "The Old Man Down the Road." Fogerty will eventually prevail in the case.
1980- Paul McCartney receives a rhodium-plated disc from the Guinness Book of World Records as history's all-time best-selling songwriter and recording artist.
1978- In a Canadian court, Keith Richards is given a suspended sentence for trafficking heroin. He is ordered to perform a free concert for the blind.
1973- Keith Richards is fined 500-dollars and given conditional discharges on four drug charges and three firearm offenses.
1972 - Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier, dies of heart disease in Stamford, Connecticut at age 53.
1971 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono record the demo of "Happy Christmas (War Is Over") in their Greenwich Village apartment in New York.
1970- President Richard Nixon, in a speech to a White House radio broadcasters conference, appeals for rock lyrics to be screened and those urging drug use to be banned.
1969- Apple releases John Lennon's "Cold Turkey" in the U-K.
1969 - Paul McCartney denies reports of his death during an interview with the B-B-C's Chris Drake. Parts of the conversation, which takes place at McCartney's farm in Scotland, airs in Britain on the 26th and 27th.
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This Day In Rock 10/23/12
2010- Neil Young reunites Buffalo Springfield for his annual Bridge School Benefit concerts at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. In addition to Young, the lineup includes Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, with Young's frequent bassist Rick Rosas standing in for the late Bruce Palmer, and Crosby, Stills and Nash drummer Joe Vitale replacing the late Dewey Martin.
2007- Raising Sand, Robert Plant's duet album with country singer and fiddle player Alison Krauss, is released. 15 months later it will win the Album of the Year Grammy.
2006 - Don Henley is announced as the 2007 MusiCares Person of the Year.
2004 - The first day of Neil Young's 18th annual Bridge School Benefit concerts takes place in Mountain View, California. Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Harper, Los Lonely Boys and surprise guest Eddie Vedder are all on the bill.
2004 - Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game One of the World Series, between the Boston Red Sox and Saint Louis Cardinals, at Boston's Fenway Park.
1999- V-H-1's Concert of the Century, a children's educational charity event starring Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Lenny Kravitz, B-B King, Melissa Etheridge and others, is presented by Bill and Hillary Clinton at the White House.
1999 - "Smooth," by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, starts a 12 week run at number-one on Billboard's Hot 100 singles charts.
1993- Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays becomes the second player to end the World Series with a homerun.
1990- Led Zeppelin's box set is released.
1979- Yankees manager Billy Martin gets into a bar fight with a marshmallow salesman.
1978- C-B-S Records raises the price of vinyl albums one dollar (to $8.98).
1978 - Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious attempts suicide in a New York jail cell 10 days after being arrested for his girlfriend's murder.
1971- The Who's original album of Tommy spends its last week on the album chart, two-and-a-half-years after its release.
1970- George Harrison tells reporters in London that his next release will be the single "My Sweet Lord." Though three days later he claims to have changed his mind, the 45 comes out in the U-S on November 23rd, becomes a million-seller and hits number-one.
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This Day In Rock 10/22/12
Jeff Goldblum - 60 years old - Actor (Jurassic Park, The Fly, The Big Chill, Indpendence Day)

Leslie West - 67 years old - Mountain/ex-West, Bruce and Laing/ex-Vagrants singer-guitarist.

Tony Roberts - 73 years old - Actor (Annie Hall, Play It Again Sam, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy)

2003- The Senate votes 97-0 to outlaw spam. Advertising messages are required to indicate they are such and senders of bulk E-mails are required to include a return address.
2002- Santana releases the follow-up to Supernatural, Shaman.
2001- Two postal workers in Washington, D-C, die of anthrax.
2000- Ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is arrested in Florida after a confrontation with his wife.
1975- The World Football League goes belly up before completing its second season.
1974- KISS's Hotter Than Hell album is released.
1969- Led Zeppelin 2 is released in the United States.
1968- Apollo 7 splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean after orbiting Earth 163 times.
1965- The Beatles record "In My Life" and remake "Nowhere Man" to their satisfaction.
1965- The Rolling Stones' "Get Off My Cloud" is released in the U-K. In just two weeks, it goes to number-one on the pop chart there.
1964 - The Who, then known as The High Numbers, learn that they have failed an audition with E-M-I.
1962- President Kennedy imposes a naval blockade on Cuba.
1960- Boxer Cassius Clay wins his first professional fight.
1934 - Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, the notorious bank robber, is shot and killed by Federal agents in East Liverpool, Ohio.
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This Day in Rock 10/19/12
2010-Tom Bosley, best known for playing Happy Days dad Howard Cunningham, dies of heart failure while battling lung cancer at 83.
2004 - Rod Stewart releases Stardust, the third volume of standards in his Great American Songbook series.
2000- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum unveils Lennon: His Life and Work. Yoko Ono contributes many artifacts to the exhibit, including drawings, the bed he slept in and the glasses he wore the night he was killed.
1998- Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson gets his boxing license back after having it rescinded for biting Evander Holyfield's ear.
1997- Original Alice Cooper guitarist Glen Buxton dies at age 49.
1983 - The Senate approves a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Doctor Martin Luther King Junior.
1981- Evolution, Journey's second album featuring Steve Perry on vocals, is certified platinum.
1977- The Concorde S-S-T makes its first landing in New York City.
1977- England's Squeeze sign a recording contract with A-&-M Records and begin working on their first album, which is released in the U-S as U-K Squeeze.
1974- The Who releases Odds and Sods, a collection of leftovers and rarities.
1973- David Bowie releases Pin-Ups, an album of covers of his favorite English rock songs from the mid-'60s.
1970- Santana performs on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1969 - Vice President Spiro Agnew refers to Vietnam War protesters as "an effete corps of impudent snobs."
1968- Small Faces singer-guitarist Steve Marriott invites guitarist-singer Peter Frampton of The Herd to join the Small Faces at a London performance, setting the stage for Humble Pie, the group Marriott and Frampton later leave their respective groups to form.
1966 - The Yardbirds arrive in New York to begin their first American tour, with guitarists Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page both in the lineup. Beck quits the tour after two dates and is out of the band by year's end.
1959- Patty Duke, 12, makes her stage debut in The Miracle Worker, which runs for 700 performances.
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This Day In Rock 10/18/12
1990- Los Angeles declares it "Rocky Horror Picture Show Day."
1977- Reggie Jackson ties Babe Ruth's record for hitting three home runs in a single World Series Game.
1974- The Rolling Stones release It's Only Rock and Roll.
1971- After 34 years, the final issue of Look magazine is published.
1969- The F-D-A bans artificial sweetners due to evidence they cause cancer.
1968- In its first London appearance, Led Zeppelin -- back to being billed as The New Yardbirds for one last time -- plays the first of two shows at the Marquee Club.
1968- John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested and charged with possession of marijuana during a raid on Ringo Starr's London apartment, where the two are staying.
1967- The American League grants permission for the A's to move from Kansas City to Oakland. Also, new franchises are awarded to Kansas City and Seattle.
1967- How I Won the War, an anti-war farce directed by Richard Lester and featuring John Lennon as "Private Gripweed," has its world premiere in London.
1966- The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its first big gig, before an audience of 14,500 at the Olympic Theater in Paris. The U-K press calls Jimi "the wild man of pop."
1966 - The Who, done up in pop-art costumes and equipped with smoke bombs and other stage devices, tape a TV appearance on Britain's Ready Steady Go! The 16-minute segment airs the following Friday.
1964- The Beatles record "Kansas City," "I Feel Fine," "I'll Follow the Sun," "Mr. Moonlight," "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby," "Rock and Roll Music" and "Words of Love" in one nine-hour session.
1958- The first computer-arranged marriage takes place on Art Linkletter's T-V show. 
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This Day In Rock 10/17/12
2007- Comedian Joey Bishop, the last member of the "Rat Pack," dies at age 89.
2000- The piano on which John Lennon composed "Imagine" sells at auction for over two-million dollars to an unidentified buyer who turns out to be George Michael.
1979- In Game Seven of the 1979 World Series, Willie Stargell hits his third series homer as Pittsburgh wins the championship. "Pops" is named series M-V-P.
1979- Mother Teresa wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
1970- Eric Clapton releases "After Midnight."
1969- Led Zeppelin begins its fourth U-S tour at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1969- The Kinks launch their first U-S tour in four years at New York's Fillmore East.
1967- The musical Hair premieres at New York's Public Theatre. The show runs for 1,758 performances.
1963- The Beatles use four-track equipment for the first time. At Abbey Road, they do both sides of their next single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "This Boy," and also work on "You Really Got a Hold on Me." The single will introduce them to America two-and-a-half-months later.
1933- News-Week appears for the first time on newsstands. (The name is later be changed to Newsweek.)
1917- The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is formed.
1888- The first National Geographic goes on sale. 
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This Day In Rock 10/16/12
2010 Barbara Billingsley, who played Beaver's mother June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, dies at 94.
1979 Fleetwood Mac releases Tusk, the follow-up to the hugely successful Rumours. It's considered a disappointment -- musically and financially.
1973 Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album is released in the U-S.
1972 Creedence Clearwater Revival announce their breakup. The band's first rift had occurred a year earlier, when guitarist Tom Fogerty quit.
1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono settle in New York, moving into an apartment owned by Lovin' Spoonful drummer Joe Butler at 105 Bank Street in Greenwich Village.
1968 After receiving their medals at the summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in a Black Power salute. The gesture leads to their suspension from the games two days later.
1967 Joan Baez and 123 others are arrested for blocking the entrance to the Oakland, California Armed Forces Induction Center. They are jailed for 10 days.
Replacing Signe Anderson, who left to have a baby, Grace Slick does her first show with Jefferson Airplane, at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1965 The Beatles record "Day Tripper" and "If I Needed Someone" in afternoon and evening sessions at Abbey Road Studios.
1964 China detonates its first atomic bomb, becoming the world's fifth nuclear power. 
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This Day In Rock 10/15/12
2007Runnin' Down a Dream, the Peter Bogdanovich documentary about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, debuts in 30 theaters across the U-S.

2006- C-B-G-B -- the legendary New York punk club that gave rise to Patti Smith, The Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Television and many others -- closes its doors.

2003- The Staten Island ferry crashes into a pier in New York, killing 10 people and wounding dozens.

2000- Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith attend a lecture by former Beatles producer George Martin at Harvard University. Martin produced Aerosmith's 1978 version of "Come Together."

1991- Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia opens a sold-out two-week run of solo shows on Broadway.

1983- With "Everyday I Write the Book" reaching number-38 in Billboard, Elvis Costello and the Attractions have their first and, in fact, only-Top 40 success in the U-S.

1980- Panorama becomes The Cars' third straight platinum album.

1976- Ike and Tina Turner split up the act.

1974- Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits is certified gold.

1972- Paul McCartney agrees to write the theme for the "James Bond" movie Live and Let Die.

1968- At Surrey University in England, the band briefly known as The New Yardbirds plays its first show as Led Zeppelin.

1966- Pink Floyd play opening night at the Roundhouse, which would become London's top venue for psychedelic rock. 2,500 attend the show, which is billed as the All-Night Rave Pop Op Costume Masque Drag Ball et Al.

1966- The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is formed in Oakland, California.

1966- Original Jefferson Airplane lead singer Signe Anderson performs with them for the last time at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. They'll debut her replacement, Grace Slick, at the same venue the next night.  

1963- The Beatles learn they've been invited to perform in The Royal Command Performance variety show.
1959- The Untouchables debuts on A-B-C.

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This Day In Rock 10/12/12
This Day in Rock October 12th...

2005- It's announced that Daniel Craig will become the sixth "James Bond."

1999- Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain dies of cardiac arrest in his sleep at 63.

1996- Nearly 28 years after the fact, The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus is finally released on video and album.

1981- U-2's second album, October, is released in the UK and Ireland, months before its US release.

1979- Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is injured when a thorn on a rose thrown at him by a fan at the band's concert at New York's Madison Square Garden pierces his eye. The group cancels two shows as a result.

1978- Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is found dead of knife wounds at their Chelsea Hotel room in New York. Vicious is arrested, but dies of a heroin overdose before his trial.

1973- Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, his third straight number-one album, is certified platinum.

1970- Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar opens on Broadway.

1970- A rock memorabilia auction is held at New York's Fillmore East to benefit peace candidates. Among the items on the block are Pete Townshend's smashed guitar, Ian Anderson's flute and a notebook with the lyrics to Joni Mitchell's first album.

1969- A caller urges D-J Russ Gibb at Detroit station WKNR to play The Beatles' "Revolution #9" backwards. Listeners think they hear a voice saying, "Turn me on, dead man," adding fuel to the "Paul is dead" rumors.

1968- Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company tops the Billboard album chart.

1968- The Beatles' second movie airs on American T-V for the first time. N-B-C shows Help! on Saturday Night at the Movies.

1967- The Who record "Tattoo" at I-B-C in London.

1965-The Beatles record "Run for Your Life" and "Norwegian Wood" (as "This Bird Has Flown") at the first session in which George Harrison plays sitar.
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