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This Day In Rock 1/30/13
2007 - An expanded version of Peter Frampton's classic Frampton Comes Alive is released on C-D.
 
2007- The Police announce that they will reunite to open up the Grammys.
 
2006 - The members of Pink Floyd issue yet another statement saying they have no plans to reunite, this one after rumors spread that a run at London's Royal Albert Hall is in the works.
 
1996 - Magic Johnson returns to the Los Angeles Lakers after four-and-a-half seasons out of the game in a 128-to-118 victory over Golden State.
 
1973- KISS play their first public show, at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York.
 
1972 - The incident that inspires U-2's "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" takes place. Over a dozen Catholic civil rights protesters are shot by British soldiers in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
 
1970 - Creedence Clearwater Revival performs at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. The show is recorded but not released on album until the early '80s.
 
1969 - The Beatles give their last concert, atop the Apple building in London. The 42-minute lunchtime performance includes "Dig a Pony," "Don't Let Me Down," "Get Back," "I've Got a Feeling" and "One After 909." As shoppers and workers gather in the street below, the show is filmed for the movie Let It Be. When police end it, John Lennon quips, "I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group, and I hope we passed the audition."
 
1968 - On tour together in Wellington, New Zealand, The Who and The Small Faces celebrate Small Faces singer Steve Marriott's birthday with a drunken party that causes the destruction of hotel windows and at least one stereo system. Soldiers are called to restore order.
 
1967- The Beatles begin shooting promotional films for "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" in the town of Sevenoaks, England.
 
1964 - The Beatles' single of "Please Please Me" backed with "From Me to You" comes out on Vee-Jay Records.
 
1948 - Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi is murdered.
 
1946 - The Roosevelt dime is issued.
 
1933 - The Lone Ranger debuts on radio.
 
1933- Adolf Hitler is named German Chancellor.
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This Day In Rock 1/28/13
2007 - Fans stay away from the N-H-L All-Star Game, which draws fewer than 700-thousand viewers on the cable outlet Versus -- a 76-percent decline from its previous contest in 2004, which was shown on A-B-C.
 
2002 - In his first State of the Union address, President Bush focuses on Iran, Iraq and North Korea. He charges that the three nations constitute "an axis of evil."
 
1996 - Cats becomes the longest-running show in Broadway history.
 
1995- The San Francisco 49ers become the first team in National Football League history to win five Super Bowl titles. The 49ers defeat the San Diego Chargers 49-26.
 
1992 - Legendary blues songwriter and bassist Willie Dixon dies. Among his best-known songs are "You Shook Me," "Back Door Man" and "Little Red Rooster."
 
1983 - When their single "Down Under" goes to number-one in the U-K, Australia's Men at Work become the first act to simultaneously top both the U-S and U-K album and singles charts since Rod Stewart did it in 1971.
 
1975- Elton John gets a gold record for his remake of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds."
 
1974 - Todd Rundgren produces Grand Funk's chart-topping remake of "The Loco-Motion."
 
1972 - Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones join Chuck Berry for three songs during the rock pioneer's show at the Hollywood Palladium.
 
1970 - Joni Mitchell sings her composition "Woodstock" on A-B-C's This Is Tom Jones.
 
1970- Johnny Cash's Hello, I'm Johnny Cash album goes gold.
 
1967- The Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Who share a bill at London's Saville Theater.
 
1964 - Two Lennon-McCartney songs, "Do You Want to Know a Secret" and "Bad to Me," make up the first U-S single release by Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas.
 
1958 - Paul Newman marries Joanne Woodward in Las Vegas.
 
1936- The first members of baseball's Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, are named in Cooperstown, New York.
 
1900- The American Baseball League is organized in Philadelphia. It consists of eight teams.
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This Day In Rock 1/25/13
2011 - Ronnie Wood's divorce from his wife of 23 years, Jo, is finalized.
 
2008- C-S-N-Y's film Deja Vu, premieres at and closes the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. All four members attend.
 
2008 - Ringo Starr gives a free four-song show at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California.
 
2008- Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash reveals to Billboard that singer Scott Weiland will rejoin Stone Temple Pilots for a batch of summer shows.
 
2006- Motley Crue receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
2006- First Survivor winner Richard Hatch is found guilty of tax evasion in Rhode Island.
 
2004 - The second Mars rover, the Opportunity, lands on the red planet and sends pictures back to Earth.
 
2004- Lost in Translation and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King win Golden Globe awards for, respectively, Best Musical or Comedy and Best Drama.
 
1999- The Rolling Stones kick off their No Security arena tour at the Oakland Arena.
 
1995- Johnnie Cochran makes his opening statement for the defense at the O-J Simpson trial.
 
1984 - Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon visit Liverpool and pledge a gift of 250-thousand pounds to the Strawberry Fields old people's home there.
 
1983- Former Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman Band and Sea Level bassist Lamar Williams dies of Agent Orange-related cancer at 34.
 
1981 - The 52 Americans who were held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrive back in the U-S and are reunited with their families.
 
1974 - Steve Miller sings "The Joker" on N-B-C's Midnight Special. Brownsville Station ("Smokin' in the Boys Room") and The James Gang are also on the show.
 
1971- Grace Slick gives birth to a baby girl (by Jefferson Airplane bandmate Paul Kantner) she initially names god. The child is later called China Kantner.
 
1971 - Charles Manson and three female followers are convicted of seven murders.
 
1968 - The Beatles are filmed singing "All Together Now" for the end of the Yellow Submarine movie.
 
1961 - President Kennedy holds the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and T-V.
 
1949- The first Emmy Awards takes place in Los Angeles.
 
1915 - In New York, Alexander Graham Bell speaks to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first trans-continental telephone service.
 
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This Day In Rock 1/24/13
2010 - Bonanza and Trapper John, M.D.star Pernell Roberts dies of pancreatic cancer at 81
 
2010 - German hard rock band Scorpions release a statement saying that their 2010 album, Sting in the Tail, and subsequent tour will be their last.
 
1995- Van Halen release Balance, their last album with lead singer Sammy Hagar.
 
1989 - Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed.
 
1985- Penny Harrington becomes the first woman police chief of a major city. She assumes the duties as head of Portland, Oregon's force of 940 officers and staff.
 
1984- Linda McCartney is fined 75 pounds for attempting to smuggle marijuana into England.
 
1979- The Cars are named best new band of the year in Rolling Stone's readers' poll.
 
1979- The Clash release their first U-S single, a cover of "I Fought the Law," the song originally popularized by The Bobby Fuller Four.
 
1969 - The Doors perform at Madison Square Garden in New York.  
 
1964- The Detours, later to be known as The Who, open for The Hollies at a ballroom show in London.
 
1964 - C-B-S acquires the rights to televise the National Football League's 1964-1965 regular season for $14.1 million a year. The NFL will stay on C-B-S for 30 years.
 
1962- Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 
1958 - The Quarrymen Skiffle Group plays The Cavern in Liverpool for the second time -- but the first for Paul McCartney, who was off on a scout trip for the first.
 
1955 - The rules committee of Major League Baseball announces a plan to strictly enforce the rule that requires a pitcher to release the ball within 20 seconds after taking his position on the mound.
 
1947- Al Capone dies in Miami Beach at age 48.
 
1935- Kreuger Cream Ale is the first beer sold in cans.
 
 
1922 - Eskimo Pie, the chocolate-covered ice cream treat, is patented by Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa.
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This Day In Rock 1/23/13
2005 - Tonight show legend Johnny Carson dies of emphysema at the age of 79.
 
2004 - Bob Keeshan, T-V's beloved kids show host "Captain Kangaroo," dies at 76 after a long illness.
 
2004- The final episode of Friends is taped.
 
1997 - Richard Berry, who sang doo-wop and R&B with The Flairs and The Robins but was most famous for writing the garage-rock classic "Louie Louie," dies in Los Angeles. He was 61.
 
1986 - The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame holds its first induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. In alphabetical order, the Class of 1986 consists of Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, D-J Alan Freed, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and Elvis Presley.
 
1985 - O-J Simpson becomes the first Heisman Trophy winner to be elected to pro football's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
 
1978- Paul McCartney & Wings finish recording London Town. The album's first single, "With a Little Luck," comes out in March and hits number-one in May.
 
1977 - A-B-C begins televising Roots. Based on Alex Haley's book, it is the most watched mini-series in history.
 
1974 - The Ramones' story begins when John Cummings (Johnny) and Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee) get drunk after work and buy a guitar and a bass.
 
1973 - During a New York concert, Neil Young learns that an accord to end the Vietnam War has been reached. He announces "Peace has come," and the audience breaks into 10 minutes of hugging and kissing.
 
1971- Elton John's "Your Song" becomes the future Hall of Famer's first Top 10 U-S hit.
 
1971- In Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the U-S is reported as minus-80 degrees.
 
1965 - The event that leads to the formation of The Small Faces: Ronnie Lane and Kenny Jones visit the Music Bar in Manor Park, London, where they meet Steve Marriott, who works in the store.
 
1964 - The 24th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections.
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This Day In Rock 1/22/13
2010 - Conan O'Brien's final Tonight Show airs.
 
2008- Heath Ledger dies of an accidental drug overdose in New York City at age 28.
 
1991 – Neil Young & Crazy Horse kick off a three-month tour at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
 
1990- Switchboards at A-B-C T-V light up with angry calls during the American Music Awards when Guns n' Roses guitarist Slash swears repeatedly during the group's acceptance speech.
 
1988 - Mike Tyson knocks out Larry Holmes to retain the world heavyweight title.
 
1984- Apple introduces the Macintosh, the first computer to use point-and-click technology.
 
1983- Nine reissued singles by The Jam appear on the U-K charts simultaneously. The group, however, sticks to its announced plans to break up.
 
1983 - Bjorn Borg, who set a record by winning five consecutive Wimbledon championships, retires from tennis.
 
1977- Wings Over America hits the top spot on the U-S album chart, displacing The Eagles' Hotel California.
 
1973 - Elton John releases Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player
 
1973- The Rolling Stones give what proves to be guitarist Mick Taylor's last U-S concert with the band at the International Sports Center in Honolulu. Coincidentally, his predecessor, Brian Jones, made his final U-S appearance with the Stones in the same city!
 
1973 - Former president Lyndon B. Johnson dies of a heart attack at age 64.
 
1973 - In H-B-O's first televised boxing match, three-to-one underdog George Foreman takes the world heavyweight boxing championship from Joe Frazier.
 
1973 - The Supreme Court hands down its decision in Roe versus Wade, which effectively legalizes abortion.
 
1972- In an interview with England's Melody Maker, David Bowie announces that he's bisexual.
 
1971- The Joe Cocker concert film Mad Dogs and Englishmen debuts in London.
 
1968 - The Beatles' company, Apple Corps, opens its headquarters at 95 Wigmore Street in London.
 
1965- The Rolling Stones kick off an Australian tour in Sydney.
1961- Wilma Rudolph sets a world indoor record in the women's 60-yard dash. She runs the race in 6.9 seconds.
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This Day In Rock 1/18/13
2001 - Z-Z Top perform at the Best Little Ball in Washington, D-C, a pre-inaugural party for President-elect (and fellow Texan) George W. Bush.
 
2000 - Actor Michael J. Fox announces that he's leaving Spin City at the end of the 1999-2000 season so that he can lobby on behalf of those suffering from Parkinson's disease.
 
1996 - Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson.
 
1993 - The Martin Luther King Junior holiday is observed in all 50 states for the first time.
 
1990- Washington D-C mayor Marion Barry is arrested on drug-possession charges after he's videotaped smoking crack.
 
1989 - The Rolling Stones, Dion, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, The Ink Spots, Bessie Smith, The Soul Stirrers and producer Phil Spector enter The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fourth annual induction ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria..
 
1985- Mary Decker breaks a world indoor record when she runs the women's two-thousand-meter race in 5:34.2. She also runs the outdoor mile in 4:16.7.
 
1984 - Van Halen launch their 1984 tour in Jacksonville, Florida.
 
1978 - Billy Joel gets a platinum album for The Stranger -- which features "Just the Way You Are."
 
1975- The Jeffersons starts its 10-year run on C-B-S.
 
1975 - Led Zeppelin kick off their tenth U-S tour, at the Met Center in Minneapolis.
 
1973- The Rolling Stones play a benefit concert at the L-A Forum for Nicaraguan earthquake victims.
 
1969 - Creedence Clearwater Revival releases the Bayou Country album. "Proud Mary," a song on the album, becomes the first of the group's five singles to peak at number-two on the Billboard chart.
 
1965 - Paul Simon drops out of Brooklyn Law School. He subsequently relocates to London and resumes his music career.
 
1964 - "I Want to Hold Your Hand" becomes the first Beatles single to appear on the U-S pop charts.
 
1912 - English explorer Robert F. Scott and his expedition reaches the South Pole. They only then discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there first.
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This Day In Rock 1/17/13
2011 - Don Kirshner, the music publisher and producer who fostered the careers Carole King, Bobby Darin, Neil Sedaka, Tony Orlando, Kansas and others, dies of heart failure at 76. He paired pop and TV as part of the team that created The Monkees and The Archies and later hosted the TV-series Rock Concert.
 
2007 - Humorist Art Buchwald dies of cancer at age 81.
 
2004 - Art Garfunkel is charged with marijuana possession after his limo is stopped for speeding in upstate New York. The state trooper who pulls the car over says he smells pot and finds a small quantity of it in the singer's pocket.
2000- Santana's Supernatural wins Favorite Pop-Rock Album at the 27th annual American Music Awards.
 
1996 - David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, The Velvet Underground, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Little Willie John, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles and radio pioneer Tom Donahue enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the organization's 11th annual induction ceremony.
 
1992 - The Metallica album is certified four-times platinum.
 
1985- Leonard Nimoy gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
1984 - Linda McCartney is arrested at London's Heathrow Airport and charged with marijuana possession. She was flying in from Barbados, where she and Paul had been fined for a similar offense.
 
1974 - Bob Dylan's Planet Waves is released.
 
1972 - Highway 51 South in Memphis is renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard.
 
1970- The Doors kick off a two-night stand at the Felt Forum in New York. The shows are recorded for the double-album Absolutely Live.
 
1969 - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts publishes Ode to a High Flying Bird, a book in tribute to jazz great Charlie Parker.
 
1967- John Lennon begins writing the lyrics for The Beatles' "A Day in the Life." Later in the day, he and Paul McCartney make some changes to the words to the song, which will become a highlight of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
 
1946 - The United Nations Security Council holds its first meeting.
 
1916 - The Professional Golfers Association is formed in New York City.
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This Day In Rock 1/16/13
1998 - NASA announces that astronaut-turned-senator John Glenn will fly aboard the space shuttle Discovery in October.
 
1997 - Joni Mitchell and Phil Spector are inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame.
 
1992 - A day after he inducts Jimi Hendrix into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Neil Young plays with Booker T. & the M-G's at New York's Lone Star Roadhouse.
 
1991 - Mick Jagger attends the U-S premiere of his movie Freejack at Mann's Chinese Theatre in L.A.
The Byrds, Ike and Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, The Impressions, John Lee Hooker, LaVern Baker and Jimmy Reed are inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the annual ceremony in New York.
 
1988 - George Harrison tops the Billboard singles chart with "Got My Mind Set on You."
 
1985 - Playboy stops stapling its centerfolds.
 
1984 - The Rolling Stones shoot videos for "She Was Hot" and "Too Much Blood" in Mexico City.
 
1980- Paul McCartney begins a 10-day stretch in a Japanese jail after half a pound of marijuana is found in his luggage at Tokyo Airport.
 
1979 - Cher divorces Gregg Allman.
 
1978 - Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols is hospitalized in New York after an overdose of heroin.
 
1975- Paul McCartney and Wings arrive at Sea-Saint Studios in New Orleans to begin sessions for Venus and Mars.
 
1974 - Peter Benchley's Jaws is published.
 
1970 - Eight John Lennon lithographs are confiscated from a London gallery by Scotland Yard's Obscene Publications Squad. The offending works are nude line drawings of John and Yoko Ono.
 
1969 - Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac and bluesman Albert Collins start a four-night run at the Fillmore West.
 
1961 - Mickey Mantle signs a $75,000-per-season contract with the New York Yankees that makes him the highest paid baseball player in the American League.
 
1957 - The Cavern Club opens. The former Liverpool jazz club will help launch The Beatles' career in the early '60s.
 
1920 - Prohibition begins in the U-S.
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This Day In Rock 1/15/13
 
2002 - George Harrison's first post-Beatles single, 1970's "My Sweet Lord," is re-released.
 
1997 - Carolyn Garcia wins her claim to a five-million-dollar divorce settlement from the estate of Jerry Garcia.
 
1994 - Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson dies of heart disease at 53.
 
1993 - Neil Young performs "Harvest Moon" and "Unknown Legend" on The Tonight Show.
Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. & the M-G's, Johnny Cash,
 
1992 - Bill Graham, The Isley Brothers and Sam & Dave are all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
 
1984 - Mick Jagger joins Bette Midler at New York's Peppermint Lounge to tape a video for her version of The Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden."
 
1982- The Police kick off the first leg of their Ghost in America U-S arena tour at Boston Garden. The Go-Go's are their opening act.
 
1977 - The Eagles' Hotel California tops the U-S album chart for the first time. It will spend a total of eight weeks at number-one, though not consecutively.
 
1974 - Happy Days premieres.
 
1969 - George Harrison rejoins The Beatles five days after he'd walked out of the Get Back sessions over disagreements with John Lennon.
 
1967 - The Rolling Stones perform "Let's Spend the Night Together" on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mick Jagger was asked to tone down the song's lyrics to "let's spend some time together,"
 
1967 - The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-to-10 in the first Super Bowl.
 
1965- The Who's first single, "I Can't Explain," is released in the U-K.
 
1964 - Capitol Records, finally confident in The Beatles' potential, goes to court to stop independent labels Swan and Vee-Jay from distributing the older Beatle tracks they'd leased -- deals that were signed only after Capitol had passed on releasing the songs.
 
1919 - 21 people are killed when two-million gallons of molasses flood the streets of Boston.
 
1892 - The rules of basketball are published for the first time, in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the game originated.
 
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This Day In Rock 1/11/13
2004 - Ted Nugent receives more than 40 stitches to sew up a gash on his leg after he accidentally cuts himself with a chainsaw on the set of his V-H-1 show, Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments.
 
2002 - Bruce Springsteen helps E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons celebrate his 60th birthday by joining "The Big Man" onstage in Connecticut.
 
2001- According to London's Daily Mail, 56-year-old Michael Douglas, who was once treated for sex addiction, has agreed to pay new wife Catherine Zeta-Jones five-million dollars if he's ever unfaithful to her.
 
2000- The U.S. Postal Service unveils the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp in a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D-C. 
 
2000 - Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and manager, quits as manager of The Smashing Pumpkins. She says, "I must resign due to medical reasons -- Billy Corgan was making me sick!"
 
2000 - Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume One goes gold.
 
1984- On the same day his Thriller album crosses the 10-million mark, Michael Jackson is nominated for a dozen Grammy awards.
 
1974- The Steve Miller Band's single "The Joker" is certified gold.
 
1973- Owners of American League baseball teams vote to adopt the designated-hitter on a trial basis.
 
1967 - The Hollies begin recording "On a Carousel" at Abbey Road.
 
1964- The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" enters the Cashbox singles chart. It will crack the rival Billboard chart a week later, on its way to becoming their first US number-one.
 
1964- The U-S Surgeon General issues a report that, for the first time, indicates that cigarette smoking may be hazardous to health.
 
1964 - The Beatles have their first Australian chart-topper when "I Want to Hold Your Hand" starts a five-week run at number-one there. It will be followed by "I Saw Her Standing There" for seven weeks and "All My Lovin'" for another five -- putting the Fab Four atop the Down Under charts for 17 consecutive weeks.
 
1963 - The Beatles release their third single, "Please, Please Me," in Britain. The B-side is "Ask Me Why."
 
1963 - L-A gets its first rock club when The Whisky-a-Go-Go opens on Sunset Boulevard.
 
1935 -Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
 
1902 - Popular Mechanics magazine is published for the first time.
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This Day In Rock 1/10/13
2002 - U-2 tops the annual Rolling Stone Readers Poll as Artist of the Year, Best Band and Best Rock Artist.
 
2001 - Neil Young and Crazy Horse do a surprise show at The Warfield in San Francisco as a warm-up for their apperance at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil the following week.
2000- America Online agrees to buy Time Warner, the nation's largest traditional media company, for $165 billion.
 
2000 - Reports surface that Melissa Etheridge will reveal in the upcoming Rolling Stone that David Crosby is the biological father of her two children with her partner Julie Cypher.
 
1999 - Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, and Eric Clapton win statues at the 26th annual American Music Awards.
 
1997- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers kick off a 20-night stand at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
 
1982 - Hollywood Square Paul Lynde dies of cardiac arrest at 55.
 
1981 -John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy goes platinum, just over a month after Lennon's murder.
 
1978 - The Sex Pistols play the Longhorn Ballroom, a country-western bar in Dallas.
 
1976 - Blues legend Howlin' Wolf (born Chester Burnett) dies following brain surgery at age 65.
 
1971 - Paul McCartney starts recording the Ram album in New York.
 
1969 - After an argument with John Lennon, George Harrison walks out on The Beatles' Get Back recording session. He won't return to the group for five days.
1967 -The Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium concert is broadcast on ABC TV. The concert film was a co-production of The Beatles and Ed Sullivan, who introduced the Fab Four to the New York crowd.
1950 - Ben Hogan appears for the first time in a golf tournament since an auto accident a year earlier. He ties "Slammin" Sammy Snead in the Los Angeles Open, but loses in a playoff.
 
1949 - Vinyl records are introduced.
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This Day In Rock 1/9/13
2005 - Fahrenheit 9-11 is named Favorite Movie at the People's Choice Awards. Johnny Depp, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Renee Zellweger take acting honors.
 
2001- U-2 announce the dates of their U-S Elevation tour.
 
1998 - Sonny Bono's funeral is held in Palm Springs, California and televised nationally on C-N-N. Cher, who called him her "most unforgettable character."
 
1997- David Bowie celebrates his 50th birthday with a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Lou Reed, The Cure's Robert Smith and Sonic Youth are all on hand.
 
1984 - The Beach Boys hold a press conference in Los Angeles to announce that they'll continue as a group in the wake of drummer Dennis Wilson's death.
 
1973 - Mick Jagger is denied a Japanese visa due to a 1969 drug bust, forcing The Rolling Stones to scrap a planned tour there.
 
1970 - Led Zeppelin's concert at Royal Albert Hall in London is filmed and recorded by the B-B-C.
 
1968 - John Lennon is on the cover of Look magazine. In a special issue devoted to the "Sound and Fury in the Arts," there's a special pullout section on The Beatles, featuring psychedelic photography by Richard Avedon that is also offered as a special reprint.
 
1965 - Beatles '65 -- featuring "I Feel Fine" and "She's a Woman" -- is the week's top-selling L-P. It ultimately spends nine weeks atop Billboard's album chart.
 
1959- Rawhide, whose cast includes a young Clint Eastwood, debuts on C-B-S.
 
1956 - The Dear Abby advice column first appears in newspapers.
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Thsi Day In Rock 1/8/13
2004 - Pete Rose admits he bet on baseball, on A-B-C's Prime-Time Thursday.
 
1997- Mister (Fred) Rogers receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
1992 - President George H.W. Bush vomits on the Japanese prime minister's lap.
 
1991- Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark dies of alcohol-related illness at age 30.
 
1982 - American Telephone & Telegraph settles an antitrust suit by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.
 
1979 - Rush are named official "Ambassadors of Music" by the Canadian government.
 
1975 - Led Zeppelin sell out 60-thousand tickets for three concerts at Madison Square Garden in a record-setting four hours.
 
1973 - Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" is certified gold.
 
1973 - The Beach Boys release the Holland album. "Sail on Sailor" is the featured cut and first single.
 
1970 - Chicago kicks off a tour that will last nearly a year, at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
 
1966- The Beatles' Rubber Soul starts a six-week run as the top-selling album in the U-S.
 
1966 - The Who and The Kinks perform on the final episode of Shindig!
 
1966- The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" becomes their sixth consecutive number-one hit. Elvis Presley (twice) and The Supremes had previously strung together five straight chart-toppers, but six was the first ever by a rock group.
 
1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a "War on Poverty."
 
1962Jack Nicklaus makes his pro golf debut-and finishes 50th.
 
1962 - Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is exhibited in America for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D-C.
 
1957 - Jackie Robinson announces his retirement from Major League Baseball in an article in Look magazine.
 
1889 -The first computer is patented.
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This Day In Rock 1/7/13
1989- The Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public. The accelerated rate of "leaning" raises fears for the safety of its visitors.
 
1975 - Led Zeppelin fans riot while waiting for tickets to go on sale at the Boston Gardens. The show is cancelled after 30-thousand-dollars' worth of damage is done.

1970- Max Yasgur is sued for $35,000 in property damages by neighboring farmers. The August 1969 Woodstock Festival was held on Yasgur's farm.
1968- George Harrison begins work on the soundtrack to the movie Wonderwall at E-M-I's studios in Bombay, India. Released later in the year, it is the first solo record from a Beatle.
 
1968 - The price of a first-class stamp is raised to six cents.
 
1964- Cyril Davies dies of leukemia. The British harmonica player co-founded Blues Incorporated, which would include future Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Charlie Watts as well as two-thirds of Cream -- Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker
 
1959- The United States recognizes Fidel Castro's new government in Cuba.
 
1953- President Harry Truman announces the development of the hydrogen bomb.
 
1927- Transatlantic telephone service begins between New York and London, with 31 calls made the first day. 
 
1927- The Harlem Globetrotters play their first game, in Hinkley, Illinois.
 
1896 - Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook.
 
1894- W-K Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film.
 
1785 - Americans vote for the electors who would choose George Washington to be the first president.
 
1782 - The Bank of North America opens in Philadelphia. It is the first commercial bank in the United States.
 
1714- The typewriter is patented.
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This Day In Rock 1/4/13
2006 - Denise Richards files for divorce from Charlie Sheen.
 
2004 - Kinks leader Ray Davies is shot in the leg while chasing thieves who snatched a purse from a woman he was with in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
 
1999 -Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as Minnesota's 37th governor.
 
1991- Nirvana announce that they've signed a two-album deal with the D-G-C imprint of Geffen Records.
 
1982- Bryant Gumbel of N-B-C Sports joins Jane Pauley as co-anchor of The Today Show.
 
1978- Ozzy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath, which he had quit the previous November.
 
1975 - Elton John tops the Billboard singles chart with a cover of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." John Lennon provides backup vocals.
 
1972 - Two weeks after its release, The Concert for Bangladesh album is certified gold by the R-I-A-A..
 
1971 - Playing a trial show to test out the acoustics of London's Young Vic Theater for the soon-to-be-aborted Lifehouse project, The Who throw the doors open and allow passersby in to watch.
 
1971- Mick Jagger stars in Performance, which opens in London. The movie was completed two years earlier but shelved. The Rolling Stones' singer plays, to nobody's surprise, a jaded, decadent rock star.
 
1965- Leo Fender sells the Fender Guitar Company to C-B-S for 13-million dollars.
 
1964 - The Hollywood Palace debuts on A-B-C. The variety series would become the network's longest lasting rival to C-B-S's Ed Sulivan Show.
 
1958- The Soviet satellite Sputnik I, which was launched into Earth orbit on October 4th, 1957, falls back to earth.
 
1950 - R-C-A Victor announces that it will manufacture long-playing records.
 
1936- The first pop music chart based on national record sales is published by Billboard magazine.
 
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This Day In Rock 1/3/12
2004 - The Mars rover Spirit sends back images, which show a flat, but rocky surface.
 
2000- Charles M. Schulz's final original daily Peanuts strip appears in newspapers.
 
1995 - The World Health Organization reports that the cumulative total of reported cases of AIDS in 192 countries reached 1,025,073 at the end of 1994.
 
1995- The Postal Service raises the price of a first-class stamp to 32 cents.
 
1982- In one day at home in New Jersey with a Teac Tascam, Bruce Springsteen records an album's worth of demos that are eventually released as Nebraska.
 
1981 - David Bowie ends his Broadway theatrical run in The Elephant Man.
 
1974 - Bob Dylan and The Band launch their 39-date Planet Waves reunion tour in Chicago. Each night, both acts play solo sets and a joint set.
 
1972- Don McLean gets a gold record for "American Pie."
 
1967 - Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys refuses to report for his military induction, beginning a five-year battle that would end with him being acquitted on draft evasion charges.
 
1966- The Beatles do "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work It Out" in a Hullabaloo segment taped in London.
 
1964 - Doctor Martin Luther King Junior appears on the cover of Time, hailed as the magazine's Man of the Year.
 
1964 - A month before they fly over to do The Ed Sullivan Show in person, The Beatles appear on American T-V for the first time, as The Jack Paar Show airs a B-B-C clip of them performing "She Loves You."
 
1959 - Alaska becomes the 49th state.
 
1956 - Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in his college basketball debut.
 
1955 - Roger Bannister (who ran the first under-four-minute mile) is named the first Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.
 
1947 - Congressional proceedings are televised for the first time. Viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York City see some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.
 
1938- The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to fight polio.
 
1871 - Henry W. Bradley patents oleomargarine.
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This Day In Rock 1/2/13
2008 - Despite the writers' strike, late-night talk show hosts return to their shows.
 
1997 - Spirit guitarist Randy California drowns in the ocean off Molokai, Hawaii while saving his 12-year-old son from the same fate. He was 45.
 
1983 -Annie closes on Broadway after nearly 24-hundred performances.
 
1983 -Garry Trudeau begins a 20-month hiatus from Doonesbury.
 
1980 - Bob Seger records "Against the Wind" at Bayshore Studios in Coconut Grove, Florida. Glenn Frey of The Eagles sings backup.
 
1974 - President Richard M. Nixon signs a bill requiring all states to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 m-p-h. The law is intended to conserve gasoline supplies during an embargo imposed by Arab oil-producing countries. Federal speed limits are abolished in 1995.
 
1971 - George Harrison's All Things Must Pass hits the top spot on the Billboard album chart, where it remains for seven weeks.
 
1970- Eric Clapton begins a nearly month-long session at Village Recorder Studios in L-A working on such songs as "After Midnight" and "Let It Rain."
 
1969 - The Beatles start work on a documentary at Twickenham Studios in London. After considering filming a concert for worldwide release, the band decided to do a movie about the making of an album. Eventually completed as Let It Be, the movie exposes the rifts in the group as John Lennon insists on having Yoko Ono constantly at his side over the evident unhappiness of his bandmates.
 
1968- Import copies of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono album Two Virgins are seized by customs officials at Newark Airport because of the cover's full frontal nudity. The album is finally released in a plain brown wrapper.
 
1965- The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" is number-one in both the U-S and England.
 
1965- "Broadway" Joe Namath signs a 400-thousand-dollar contract, the richest rookie deal in the history of football.
 
1960 - Senator John F. Kennedy announces that he's a candidate for president.
 
1872 - Brigham Young, the 71-year-old leader of the Mormon Church, is arrested for bigamy. He has 25 wives.
 
1788- Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the U-S Constitution.
 
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This Day In Rock 12/28/12
1983- Beach Boy Dennis Wilson dies while swimming off his boat in Marina Del Rey, California.
 
1981- WEA Records raises the price of its 45-rpm singles from $1.68 to $1.98.
 
1981 - Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby is born in Norfolk, Virginia.
 
1975 - At a Ted Nugent concert in Spokane, Washington, 25-year-old David Gelfer points a .44-magnum at Nugent before being wrestled to the ground by fans and security guards.
 
1973 - Ringo Starr gets a gold record for "Photograph."
 
1971 - The Who's Keith Moon emcees a Sha Na Na concert -- in full glam drag -- at New York's Carnegie Hall.
 
1968- The Beatles' White Album hits number-one in Billboard.
 
1957 - Natalie Wood weds Robert Wagner.
 
1945- Congress officially recognizes the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
1902 - The first professional indoor football game is played, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Syracuse defeats the Philadelphia Nationals, 6-0.
 
1869 - Chewing gum is patented.
 
1846- Iowa becomes the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.
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This Day In Rock 12/27/12
2002 -A spokeswoman for Raelians, a sect that believes space travelers created humans by cloning, says their group has created the first human clone, a seven-pound baby girl.
 
1998 - Denver's Terrell Davis becomes the fourth N-F-L running back to rush for two-thousand yards in a season.
 
1980- John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy tops the Billboard album chart -- three weeks after John's tragic death. "(Just Like) Starting Over" also tops both the U-S and the U-K charts.
 
1978 - Spain adopts a new constitution and becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
 
1977 - Steely Dan gets a platinum album for Aja, which spins off the hit single "Peg."
 
1971 - "Snoopy," "Charlie Brown," "Linus," "Lucy" and "Woodstock" of Charles Schulz' Peanuts comic strip are on the cover of Newsweek magazine.
 
1969 - Led Zeppelin 2 follows The Beatles' Abbey Road, Creedence Clearwater's Green River and the Blind Faith album into the number-one spot on the Billboard chart.
 
1967- Bob Dylan releases John Wesley Harding.
 
1967 - The Doors perform "Light My Fire" on the premiere of Jonathan Winters' C-B-S variety series.
 
1960- The Beatles play a "Welcome Home" show in Liverpool after their first extended stay in Hamburg.
 
1932 - Radio City Music Hall opens its doors to the public for the first time.
 
1904 - James Barrie's play, Peter Pan, has its stage premiere in London.
 
1831- Charles Darwin sets out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the H-M-S Beagle. Darwin's discoveries during the voyage form the basis of his theory of evolution.
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