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This Day In Rock 11/27/12
2007- John Mellencamp announces to the crowd at his show in Erie, Pennsylvania, "I got a phone call today. I found out I'm in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
2000- The Who wrap up a U-K tour in London by headlining a benefit for the Teenage Cancer Trust at Royal Albert Hall. Bryan Adams joins in on "Behind Blue Eyes."
2000- The Beatles' One album lives up to its title and enters the charts at the top.
1995 - The Beatles Anthology I sets a first-week sales record of 1.2 million copies.
1988-Michael Jordan scores 52 points in the Bulls' 128-123 loss to the Nuggets. His 30-point fourth quarter is the second-highest last-period output in N-B-A history.
1983- Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Charlie Watts, Joe Cocker, Bill Wyman, Paul Rodgers, Kenny Jones and Ronnie Lane kick off the ARMS (Action Research Into Multiple Sclerosis) tour in Dallas.
1981 - A Thanksgiving concert by The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band in Orlando, Florida is canceled after only 10-thousand of 60-thousand tickets are sold.
1980 - Dave Williams of the Chicago Bears becomes the first player in N-F-L history to return a kick for a touchdown in overtime.
1978- Drummer Rick Allen joins Def Leppard.
1976 - Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys appears on Saturday Night Live, singing and taking part in sketches.
1976- Queen releases "Somebody to Love."
1972- The London Symphony Orchestra version of The Who's Tommy, with lots of big name guest vocalists, is released. The album goes gold.
1970 - George Harrison releases All Things Must Pass. The three-L-P set will soon reach number-one.
1969 - The Rolling Stones perform the first of four concerts in two days at New York's Madison Square Garden. Highlights of the shows, recorded for the album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, include "Honky Tonk Women," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Street Fighting Man."
1968 - Steppenwolf's self-titled debut album, containing "Born to Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride," is certified gold.
1967 -The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour is released
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This Day In Rock 11/26/12
2010 - Willie Nelson is arrested at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas and charged with possession of six ounces of marijuana. He's taken to jail and released on $2,500 bail.
2006 - The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang tour is declared the biggest grossing tour of all time, with a take of 437-million dollars.
2004 - The Raspberries' original lineup reunites for the first time in 30 years to play at The House of Blues in Cleveland.
2002 - The second season of The Osbournes begins on M-T-V.
1993- U-2 performs in Sydney, Australia with a roadie filling in for bassist Adam Clayton who -- it is only acknowledged later -- is too hung over to play. It is the first time the quartet has ever gone on stage to perform a concert without one of its members.
1985 - The rights to Ronald Reagan's autobiography are acquired by Random House for three-million dollars.
1983 - A Brinks vault in London's Heathrow Airport is robbed by gunmen, who make off with 6,800 gold bars worth nearly 40-million dollars.
1983- Quiet Riot's Metal Health hits number-one.
1979- Fleetwood Mac, who are on the cover of that week's issue of People, kick off a nationwide tour at Idaho State University.
1977- The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks is dethroned from the number-one spot on the U-K album chart by a T-V-advertised Bread compilation, The Sound of Bread.
1975 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a member of the Manson Family, is found guilty of trying to assassinate President Ford on September 5th.
1973- Elton John releases "Step Into Christmas."
1970- Chicago wrap up a 162-date tour at their hometown's Auditorium Theater.
1968- Cream plays its farewell concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1967- The Beatles' video for "Hello Goodbye" airs in the U-S for the first time, on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1962- The Beatles record "Please Please Me," their second British single, at Abbey Road in London.
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This Day In Rock 11/21/12
1991- Aerosmith appear as cartoon characters on The Simpsons. They play "Walk This Way" at Moe's Tavern.
1988- The Delicate Sound of Thunder, Pink Floyd's live album, is released.
1981- David Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure" hits number-one on U-K singles chart.
1980 - An estimted 83-million viewers tune in to find out "who shot J-R?" on the C-B-S prime-time soap opera Dallas. "Kristin" is the character who fires the gun.
1980 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose nude for New York photographer Allan Tannenbaum. The pictures will later be used on a memorable cover of Rolling Stone.
1974 - Breaking his vow never to perform live with the band again, Marty Balin joins Jefferson Starship on stage at San Francisco's Winterland.
1973- President Richard M. Nixon's attorney admits that there is an 18 1/2 minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.
1968 - The Moody Blues and Chicago Transit Authority begin a four-night stand at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1965 - The Rolling Stones, whose current hit is "Get Off of My Cloud," perform a Dallas-Fort Worth doubleheader. They give an afternoon concert at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth and an evening show at Dallas Memorial Auditorium.
1963- President John F. Kennedy arrives in San Antonio for a two-day tour of Texas.
1960 - George Harrison, 17 years old, is deported home to England from Germany. Hamburg law prohibits those under 18 from working in a nightclub -- which is where The Beatles are performing. John, Paul, Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe continue on as a foursome at the Kaiserkeller.
1934- The New York Yankees purchase the contract of Joe Di Maggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.
1877 - Thomas Alva Edison announces the invention of the phonograph.
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This Day In Rock 11/20/12
2006- The News Corporation bows to pressure and kills O-J Simpson's upcoming book, If I Did It, in which he speculates how he would have killed his ex-wife if, of course, he had killed her -- and a two-part FOX special promoting it.
2006- Legendary movie director Robert Altman dies at the age of 81.
2004 - U-2 make up their own rules at Saturday Night Live by playing three songs to close the show. The band starts a final song as the credits roll.
2003- Boston's self-titled debut album is certified 17-times platinum
1995 - On a British television interview, Princess Diana admits to being unfaithful to Prince Charles during their marriage.
1991- The Rolling Stones sign a 45-million-dollar deal with Virgin Records, making them (at the time) rock's highest paid group.
1990 - Chuck Berry is found not guilty of felony child abuse charge, but pleads guilty to misdemeanor marijuana possession. He gets a six-month jail sentence, two years probation and has to donate five-thousand dollars to a local hospital.
1984- McDonald's sells its 50-billionth burger.
1983 - An estimated 100-million people watch a controversial A-B-C T-V movie The Day After, which depicts the outbreak of nuclear war.
1976- George Harrison guests on Saturday Night Live and performs "Here Comes the Sun" with Paul Simon. But he turns down an offer of union scale wages to reform The Beatles for the show.
1975- The Who kick off a month-long American tour at the Summit in Houston.
1973 - Drummer Keith Moon collapses during a Who concert at The Cow Palace in San Francisco. Scott Halpin, a 19-year-old fan from Iowa, finishes the show for him.
1972- Elton John releases "Crocodile Rock" in the U-S. It will become his first number-one hit here.
1970 - Elton John and Leon Russell perform at the Fillmore East in New York.
1967 - The Beach Boys release Smiley Smile.
1962 -The Cuban Missile Crisis ends. The Soviet Union removes its missiles and bombers from Cuba and the U-S ends its blockade of the island.
1962 - Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees is named the American League's Most Valuable Player for the third time.
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This Day In Rock 11/19/12
2008- People names Hugh Jackman the Sexiest Man Alive.
2008- Winona Ryder causes a flight from L-A to London to request priority landing after she becomes ill onboard, reportedly from an accidental overdose of anti-anxiety medication.
2007 - Queen guitarist Brian May is appointed chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. He will be installed as the university's figurehead leader early next year.
2002- George Harrison's Brainwashed album is released.
1995 - The Beatles Anthology airs the first of its three parts on A-B-C.
1992- Bryan Adams' Reckless goes five-times platinum.
1991 - U-2's Achtung Baby is released.
1982 - Led Zeppelin's Coda album is released.
1979 - Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros signs a four-year contract for $4.5 million, making him (at the time) the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball.
1979 -Chuck Berry is released after serving a prison term for tax evasion.
1976- Six years after its release, Van Morrison's Moondance album is certified gold.
1976 - The Sex Pistols release "Anarchy in the UK" as their debut single in Britain.
1971- B-B King celebrates 25 years in show business by kicking off a European tour in London.
1971- Led Zeppelin Four is released in the U-K.
1966 - Future Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers announces his retirement from Major League baseball.
1966 -The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" reaches number-one in England -- three weeks before it tops the U-S charts.
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This Day In Rock 11/16/12
2010 - After years of negotiations, The Beatles catalog finally makes it to I-Tunes. All 13 of the band's re-mastered studio albums, along with the Past Masters compilation and the Red and i>Blue collections, are available for download.
2005 - Pink Floyd, The Who, The Kinks, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix are among those inducted into the U-K Music Hall of Fame.
2004 - Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan drops her towel on a commercial aired during Monday Night Football. All hell breaks loose.
1999- Johnny Depp receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1994 - Dino Valenti, who sang with Quicksilver Messenger Service and wrote the '60s anthem "Get Together," dies at age 57.
1993- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits album is released.
1978- The disastrous movie musical of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Aerosmith and Billy Preston, opens.
1978- Topless bicycling women join Queen onstage as the quartet performs "Fat Bottomed Girls" at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1977- Lynyrd Skynyrd releases "What's Your Name."
1977- Rush receives gold albums for 2112, All the World's a Stage and A Farewell to Kings.
1974- John Lennon becomes the final former Beatle to have a number-one solo hit. "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" (with piano and backup vocals by Elton John) tops the Billboard singles chart.
1971 - Led Zeppelin IV is certified gold.
1969 - Earth, the English band that would soon change its name to Black Sabbath, records its first album in eight hours for a cost of roughly 12-hundred dollars.
1968 - Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland starts a two-week run at the top of the U-S album charts.
1965- The Who record "The Kids Are Alright" at IBC Studios in London and then play a concert that evening.
1964- The Animals record "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" at the Kingsway Studio in London.
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This Day In Rock 11/14/12
2007- People magazine names Matt Damon the "Sexiest Man Alive."
2006- Led Zeppelin is inducted into the U-K Music Hall of Fame in London. Jimmy Page represents the band along with the wife and sister of their late drummer John Bonham.
2004- Bono, Paul McCartney and many others take part in the Band Aid 20 re-recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in London.
2000- Rush's Geddy Lee releases his first solo album, My Favorite Headache.
1998 - Carmen Electra marries future ex-husband Dennis Rodman.
1994 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers appear on Saturday Night Live with ex-Nirvana member Dave Grohl on drums
1990 - Newsweek publishes an interview in which Pete Townshend of The Who declares himself to be bi-sexual, saying, "I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman. And I won't be classified as just a man."
1976 - Keith Relf, the original singer in The Yardbirds ("For Your Love"), accidentally -- but fatally -- electrocutes himself at his home in England.
1972 -Blue Ribbon Sport becomes Nike.
1970 - Santana's "Black Magic Woman" is released as a single. The song was written by Peter Green and first recorded by his group, Fleetwood Mac.
1969- Apollo 12 blasts off for the Moon.
1968 - Yale University announces that it is going co-educational.
1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience headlines London's Royal Albert Hall, topping an eight-band bill that also includes The Move and Pink Floyd.
1943 - Ernie Nevers of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the first pro football player to score six touchdowns in a single game.
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This Day In Rock 11/13
2007- Led Zeppelin releases Mothership, a career-spanning two-disc retrospective that contains 24 songs in chronological order.
2003 - Three days shy of the tenth anniversary of its release, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits album is certified 10-times platinum.
2000 - The Beatles' website [] is launched a day before the hits collection 1 goes on sale.
1998 - Monica Lewinsky signs a deal to write a book about her affair with President Bill Clinton.
1995- Greg Maddox of the Atlanta Braves becomes the first major league pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards.
1991- Roger Clemens wins his third Cy Young Award.
1983 – A fan at a Police show in Dallas suffers a broken arm when a security guard throws a man on top of her.
1982- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D-C.
1976- Rod Stewart starts a seven-week run at number-one with "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)."
1974- A man purporting to be Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore crashes a borrowed Porsche in Iowa City while the real guitarist is onstage in San Francisco.
1971- Santana Three, featuring "Everybody's Everything," tops the Billboard album chart.
1968 - Rolling Stone Brian Jones buys Cotchford Farms in England, where A.A. Milne wrote Winnie the Pooh.
1968- The Beatles' animated movie Yellow Submarine opens in the U-S.
1956 - The Supreme Court strikes down laws allowing racial segregation on public buses.
1927- The Holland Tunnel opens to the public, providing access between New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.
1805 - German butcher Johann Lerner introduces the frankfurter.
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This Day In Rock 11/12/12
2008 - Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is found dead of natural causes at his hotel room in Portland, Oregon.
2002- Stan Lee files suit against Marvel Entertainment claiming the company has cheated him out of millions of dollars in profits related to the 2002 movie Spider Man.
2002- Pearl Jam release their seventh studio album, Riot Act.
2001- 260 people die when American Airlines Flight 587 crashes in Queens, New York.
1995- The space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on a mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir.
1990- Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is injured when he's hit by a car near London.
1990-  The I-R-S seizes all of Willie Nelson's assets, including a golf course and recording studio, to satisfy a six-and-a-half-million-dollar debt.
1987 - The American Medical Association issues a policy statement that says it is unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person has AIDS or is H-I-V-positive.
1980- Bruce Springsteen has his first chart-topping album, The River.
1975- Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins becomes the first N-F-L head coach to win 100 regular season games.
1975 - Rod Stewart and The Faces play their final show together at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York.
1974- George Harrison performs a pair of shows at the Forum in L-A.
1974- Queen releases Sheer Heart Attack in the U-S.
1973 - Paul McCartney & Wings release "Helen Wheels" in the U-S, two weeks before the single goes on sale in Britain.
1973- Rod Stewart is profiled in Time magazine, which notes that 10 years earlier he'd been a part-time grave-digger and 25-dollar-a-week soccer player in a London suburb.
1967 - Paul McCartney supervises the editing of the promotional film for The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye." It will debut two weeks later on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1954- Ellis Island, the immigration station in New York Harbor, closes after processing more than 20 million immigrants since 1892.
1933- In Philadelphia, the first Sunday football game is played.
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This Day In Rock 11/9/12
2008 - Rock legends Little Richard and Elvis Presley, and pop icon Michael McDonald are inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.
2006- Veteran 60 Minutes journalist Ed Bradley dies of leukemia at the age of 65.
1997 - Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions becomes the first player in N-F-L history to rush for over a thousand yards in nine straight seasons. In the same season, Sanders passes former Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett for third place on the all-time rushing list.
1989- East Germany opens its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to West Germany.
1982 - Sugar Ray Leonard retires from boxing. In 1984, he returns to fight one more time before becoming a boxing commentator for N-B-C.
1976- Fleetwood Mac's Mystery to Me and Frank Zappa's Overnite Sensation both receive gold certification.
1973- Billy Joel releases Piano Man.
1973- Cat Stevens makes his national T-V debut with a 90-minute A-B-C In Concert taped at the Hollywood Bowl.
1973- Ringo Starr's Ringo album, featuring "Photograph," "You're 16" and guest appearances by all three other former Beatles, is released in the U-S.
1972 - Chicago get their first gold single -- for "Saturday in the Park."
1970- The Moody Blues' In Search of the Lost Chord becomes their fifth album certified gold during 1970.
1970 - Badfinger releases No Dice in the U-S. The album includes "No Matter What" and the original version of the future Nilsson hit "Without You."
1968- Having been billed as The New Yardbirds from September through mid-October of 1968, Led Zeppelin play their first London show -- and second show overall -- under their new name.
1967- David Crosby is fired from The Byrds.
1967- Rolling Stone magazine publishes its first issue. John Lennon is on the cover.
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This Day In Rock 11/8/12
2010 - Conan O'Brien returns to late night, this time with Conan on TBS.
2006- Denise Richards beans a wheelchair-bound 80-year-old woman in British Columbia, Canada with a paparazzo's laptop computer she launches off the balcony of a hotel!
2005- Live 8 is released on D-V-D as a four-disc set.
2004- Cream announces plans to reunite briefly in 2005.
1995- The A-T-V Music publishing catalog, which contains most of The Beatles' songs, is acquired by Sony from Michael Jackson for 95-million-dollars.
1979- The Grateful Dead release Shakedown Street.
1975- Elton John's Rock of the Westies (featuring "Island Girl") starts a three-week run atop the Billboard album chart.
1971- Led Zeppelin Four, an album that does not have an official title or the band name on its cover, is released in the U-S.
1969- The second date on The Rolling Stones tour is the highest-grossing concert in Los Angeles to date, breaking a mark that been held by The Beatles.
1969- "Baby I'm for Real" by The Originals hits number-one on the Billboard R-&-B chart.
1969 - Led Zeppelin ends its fourth U-S tour (and fourth and final U-S tour of the year 1969) with the last date of a three-night-stand at Winterland in San Francisco.
1968 - Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from John on grounds of adultery and gets custody of their son, Julian. Rather than attend the proceeding, John is at a local hospital with Yoko Ono, who is suffering pregnancy complications.
1967 - Nilsson records Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking" for his album Aerial Ballet. The song doesn't take off for a couple of years, until it is included on the soundtrack of Midnight Cowboy.
1966 - Ronald Reagan is elected governor of California.
1960 - Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.
1956- After considering 18,000 other possibilities, the Ford Motor Company names its new car the Edsel after Henry Ford's only son.
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This Day in Rock 11/7/12
2002- The opening date of Guns n' Roses' North American tour in Vancouver, Canada turns into a riot when the show is canceled at the last minute.
1999- Tiger Woods becomes the first golfer to win four straight tournaments since Ben Hogan did it in 1953.
1995- The International Astronomical Union confirms that it has named an asteroid "Garcia" after the late Grateful Dead guitarist.
1991- Magic Johnson announces that he has tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS and that he is retiring from basketball.
1991- Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens pleads not guilty to charges of indecent exposure.
1991- It is announced that Frank Zappa has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
1988- John Fogerty is found not guilty of plagiarizing himself. Fantasy Records, which owns the rights to his Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog, had sued him, claiming that "The Old Man Down the Road" was a re-write of "Run Through the Jungle."
1973- New Jersey becomes the first state to permit girls to play on Little League baseball teams.
1973 - Congress override's President Nixon's veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive's power to wage war without Congressional approval.
1969 - In Fort Collins, Colorado, The Rolling Stones begin a U-S tour (their sixth) which ends in chaos and tragedy at Altamont Speedway. B-B King and Terry Knight & the Pack are the opening acts -- Ike & Tina Turner join the following night in L-A.
1968- The Doors are banned from playing Phoenix after Jim Morrison encourages the crowd to stand up during their show there.
1967- President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
1967 -The Selective Service Commission announces that college students arrested in anti-war demonstrations will lose their draft deferments.
1963- The all-star film comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has its world premiere in Hollywood.
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This Day In Rock 11/5/12
2008- Paul McCartney receives the Ultimate Legend Award at the M-T-V Europe Music Awards in Liverpool, England.
2002- Winona Ryder is convicted of grand theft and vandalism for shoplifting more than $5,500 in merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills in December 2001.
1998 - People magazine names Harrison Ford the Sexiest Man Alive, citing his "green-gray eyes, the slept-on hair [and] the endearing scar on the chin."
1977- Elton John becomes the first non-sports inductee of the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame in New York.
1975 - The Sex Pistols play their first public show, at St. Martin's School of Art in London. The electricity is turned off after 10 minutes.
1973 - Gram Parsons' road manager, Phil Kaufman, is fined 300-dollars for stealing Parsons' casket from Los Angeles International Airport. According to Kaufman, who took the body to the desert and cremated it, he was merely carrying out Parsons' final wishes.
1972- Deep Purple's Machine Head album goes gold.
1970 - Aerosmith play their first gig, at Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, Massachusetts.
1969 - Led Zeppelin open a three night stand at Winterland in San Francisco. Isaac Hayes and jazz star Roland Kirk are the opening acts.
1966- Bill Graham opens the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1965 - During a power blackout in New York City, Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson and Bobby Neuwirth have an acoustic jam with Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones in a New York hotel room.
1965- The Rolling Stones appear on Shindig!, along with The Strangeloves and Fontella Bass.
1947 - Meet the Press debuts on N-B-C T-V.
1923- Jacob Schick is granted a patent for the electric shaver.
1860- Abraham Lincoln defeats three other candidates for the presidency.
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This Day in Rock 11/4/12
2007- Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood announce they are teaming up for three shows in New York in 2008.
2006- "Doogie Howser," Neil Patrick Harris, comes out of the closet, telling People magazine he's "a very content gay man living my life to the fullest."
2002- U-2's greatest-hits package, Best of 1990-2000, hits stores.
2000- The Who appear on the 250th episode of The Simpsons.
1999- Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra are both arrested and charged with battery and domestic violence in a hotel in Miami Beach.
1999- U-S District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson rules that Microsoft is a monopoly.
1999- Gary Cherone announces he's leaving Van Halen after just one album with the band.
1994- Fred "Sonic" Smith, former lead guitarist of The M-C-5 and husband of Patti Smith, dies of a heart attack in Detroit at 47.
1994- Ronald Reagan divulges that he is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
1988- The Beach Boys top the singles chart for the first time in 22 years, with "Kokomo."
1984- The Supreme Court rules that the N-F-L has exceeded anti-trust limits in attempting to stop the Oakland Raiders from moving to Los Angeles.
1982-  Brian Wilson is fired from The Beach Boys.
1973- Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Gimme Three Steps" single is released.
1971 - Elton John releases Madman Across the Water in Britain. The album hits U-S stores 10 days later.
1970- Derek and the Dominos tape The Johnny Cash Show in Nashville.
1965- The Rolling Stones -- whose "Get Off of My Cloud" resides at number-one -- perform at Boston Garden.
1965- The Who's "My Generation" is released as a single in the U-S. A number-two hit in the U-K, it only reaches number-74 in America.
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This Day In Rock 11/2/12
2004 - George W. Bush is re-elected president, beating John Kerry 51 percent to 48.
2004- By a 69-percent vote, Californians endorse a referendum to fund embryonic stem cell research, making theirs the first state in the nation to do so.
2000- Paul McCartney unveils his first-ever U-S painting exhibition at New York's Matthew Marks Gallery.
1999- Eric Clapton receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in Los Angeles. Phoenix House presents the award.
1995- Patti Smith sings at a memorial service for her late husband, former M-C-5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, at Old Mariners Church in Detroit.
1992- Magic Johnson retires from the N-B-A again, this time for good.
1983- Ronald Reagan declares the third Monday of January a federal holiday in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior.
1979 - The movie of The Who's Quadrophenia premieres.
1974- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's So Far compilation tops the U-S album chart
1974- George Harrison's only North American solo tour begins with a concert at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada.
1973- Ringo Starr's Ringo album is released. It features contributions from the other three Beatles -- though all four don't appear on any one song.
1970- The Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! is certified gold just a month after its release. Also earning gold are The Moody Blues' A Question of Balance, Neil Young's After the Goldrush and Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding's joint Live at Monterey.
1968- Playing New York's Madison Square Garden during their farewell tour, Cream are awarded platinum discs for Wheels of Fire.
1967- British Prime Minister Harold Wilson sues The Move over a print ad for their single "Flowers in the Rain" that depicts him naked. Wilson wins the suit and all royalties from the song end up going to charity.
1963- The Beach Boys' double-sided single "In My Room" and "Be True to Your School" breaks onto the Top 40.
1962- President Kennedy announces that the U-S-S-R is dismantling its missile bases in Cuba.
1947- In California, aviator Howard Hughes flies his "Spruce Goose," a huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes.
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This Day In Rock 11/1/12
2007- Led Zeppelin announce the postponement of their reunion show from November 26th to December 10th because guitarist Jimmy Page has broken a finger.
2007 - Three Dog Night headline an Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame concert honoring the late Hoyt Axton, who wrote their classic "Joy to the World."
2005- Neil Young starts a week of performances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
2004- Terry Knight, the onetime Detroit rocker (Terry Knight and the Pack) who masterminded the success of Grand Funk Railroad as the band's first manager, is murdered in Texas.
1999- Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton dies of cancer at age 45.
1996 - Shaquille O'Neal makes his debut as a Los Angeles Laker and leads the team to a 96-82 win over the Phoenix Suns.
1992 - David Bowie attends a Bill Clinton-for-President rally at New Jersey's Brendan Byrne Arena.
1986- Singer-bassist Roger Waters goes to court to dissolve the Pink Floyd partnership.
1980- The Pretenders release their debut album.
1977 - The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks album is released in the UK.
1975 - Rod Stewart and The Faces play their final show together, at Labor Temple in Minneapolis.
1971- Duane Allman's funeral is held in Macon, Georgia. The Allman Brothers Band performs, with guests including Dr. John and Delaney Bramlett.
1969- Genesis play their first professional gig at Brunel University in England.
1969- The Beatles' Abbey Road hits the top of the Billboard album chart, where it spends a total of 11 weeks.
1968- George Harrison's Wonderwall Music is released. The soundtrack to an obscure British film is the first solo effort by any of The Beatles.
1965- The Beach Boys Party album is released. The single "Barbara Ann" is released in December and eventually hits number-two
1963- Wham-O introduces the Frisbee.
1962 - The Beatles begin their third year of playing at Hamburg's Star Club, sharing the bill with Little Richard.
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This Day in Rock 10/30/12
2008 - Alice Cooper hosts an eight-hour Halloween marathon of The Munsters on the W-G-N America cable channel.
2007- Robert Plant scores his highest-charting album in his post-Led Zeppelin career as his duets album with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, bows at number-two on the Billboard album chart.
2006- The Who release Endless Wire, their first studio album in 24 years.
2001 - Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie start their Merry Mayhem tour in Tucson, Arizona.
2000- U-2 release their 10th studio album, All That You Can't Leave Behind.
1983- The Rolling Stones release "Undercover of the Night."
1980 - John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" on Geffen Records.
1974- Led Zeppelin hold a party at Chislehurst Caves in England to launch their Swan Song label. The bash includes naked women climbing out of coffins.
1974- The Rolling Stones' It's Only Rock and Roll, their final album with guitarist Mick Taylor, is certified gold.
1968- Cream -- whose "White Room" hit the Top 10 this week -- performs at the Boston Garden. The band's farewell tour continues November 1st at the Spectrum in Philadelphia and on the 2nd at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1968- Kick Out the Jams, the first album by the radical Michigan band The M-C-5, is released.
1968- Paul McCartney phones girlfriend Linda Eastman in New York and asks her (and her daughter Heather) to live with him in London. They fly to England a few days later. Linda will marry Paul the following March 12th.
1967- Rolling Stone Brian Jones is sentenced to nine months in Wormwood Scrubs prison for unlawful possession of cannabis. He is released in December.
1967- The Stooges play their first show at a Halloween party in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1941- After 14 years, work on the four presidential faces being carved into Mount Rushmore in South Dakota is declared done as funding for the project runs out.
1926- Magician Harry Houdini dies from a ruptured appendix.
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