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This Day In Rock 2/26/13
2005- Catwoman takes the Golden Raspberry for Worst Movie of the Year.
 
1998- A Texas jury rejects an $11-million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for a drop in the price of beef after an on-air comment about mad-cow disease.
 
1998- In Oregon a health panel rules that taxpayers must help pay for doctor-assisted suicides.
 
1991- Metallica's Kill 'Em All album is certified platinum.
 
1987- Capitol Records releases the first four Beatles albums on CD.
 
1977- The Kinks sing "Sleepwalker" and their '60s classic "You Really Got Me" on Saturday Night Live.
 
1970 - The Beatles' album Hey Jude, consisting of previous singles not included on earlier Capitol L-Ps, is released. The collection was quickly thrown together after the Let It Be album was delayed. 
 
1967 - The Buffalo Springfield appear on The Smothers Brothers Show, performing "For What It's Worth" and "Go and Say Goodbye."
 
1965- Session guitarist Jimmy Page releases his first solo single, "She Just Satisfies." Page will go on to join the Yardbirds, then found Led Zeppelin.
 
1964 - Boxer Cassius Clay changes his name to Muhammad Ali.
 
1954 - Michigan Congresswoman Ruth Thompson introduces a bill to prohibit the distribution of obscene, lewd, or lascivious recordings.
 
1935- The New York Yankees release Babe Ruth from his contract.
 
1933- A ground-breaking ceremony is held the Golden Gate Bridge.
 
1907 - Congress raises its members' pay to $7,500 per year.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 2/25/13
2010 - Bob Dylan is among those honored by President Obama with an arts and humanities award. The White House calls Dylan "an icon of youthful rebellion and poetic sensitivity" whose career has "marked the landscape of American culture for decades."
 
2008- Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood play the first of three collaborative shows at New York's Madison Square Garden.
 
1999- Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton team up to present their friend John Lee Hooker with a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
1998- Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind is named Album of the Year at the 40th annual Grammy Awards.
 
1989 - The Dallas Cowboys fire Tom Landry, the only head coach the team has had since its inception in 1960.
 
1988- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band begin the six-month Tunnel of Love Express tour, their first trek in more than two years.
 
1986- The all-star charity single "We Are the World" wins Grammys for Record and Song of the Year, while Phil Collins' No Jacket Required wins Album of the Year at the 28th annual Grammy Awards.
 
1981- At the 23rd annual Grammy Awards, Christopher Cross sweeps the major categories, winning Best New Artist, Record and Song of the Year (for "Sailing") and Album of the Year (for his self-titled debut).
 
1978- Jefferson Starship declares "Earth Day" as its new album, Earth, is premiered with a national radio broadcast.
 
1971- The nude revue Oh! Calcutta! opens on Broadway.
 
1965- The Rolling Stones perform "The Last Time" on the British TV show Ready! Steady! Go! on the same day it is released as a single there.
 
1964 - Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight boxing championship.
 
1963- Vee Jay Records, an independent and black owned Chicago label, releases the first US Beatles record, "Please Please Me" backed with "Ask Me Why." Although a chart-topper in Britain, the single is not a hit here.
 
1940 - The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadians play in the first hockey game to be televised in the U-S. The Rangers beat the Canadians 6-2.
 
1919 - Oregon becomes the first state to place a tax on gasoline -- 1 cent per gallon.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 2/22/13
1997- Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut and his colleagues announce that an adult sheep has been successfully cloned. Dolly, the first cloned sheep to be born, was born in July 1996.
 
1989 - Tracy Chapman wins three Grammys, including Best New Artist. Jethro Tull's victory in Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category will be ridiculed by metal fans for years to come.
 
1987- Artist Andy Warhol, who produced the first album by future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Velvet Underground, dies in New York at age 58.
 
1979- Rolling Stone runs an article, "Advertising Creeps Into Rock," which reports on Journey's advertising relationship with Budweiser beer.
 
1978- Ex-Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy Spungen are arrested by police at New York's Chelsea Hotel and charged with drug possession.
 
1978 - The members of The Police dye their hair blond for a Wrigley's gum TV commercial.
 
1976- Cat Stevens performs at the College of William and Mary in Richmond, Virginia. It's his last concert before converting to Islam and leaving the pop music world.
 
1971 - Paul McCartney releases his first American solo single, "Another Day."
 
1970 - Bruce Springsteen's band, Steel Mill, records a three-song demo for Bill Graham in San Francisco.
 
1969 - Tyrannosaurus Rex (later to be known as T. Rex) kicks off an English tour at Manchester's Free Trade Hall. The opening act is David Bowie, who performs mime rather than music.
 
1968- "The Silent Sun," the first single by Genesis, is released in the UK.
 
1968- Jefferson Airplane performs on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
 
1965- The Beatles fly to the Bahamas to begin filming Help!
 
1963- The Beatles form their Northern Songs music publishing company.
 
1924- President Calvin Coolidge delivers the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
 
 
 
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This Day In Rock 2/21/13
2007- Apple secures the rights to the name I-Phone following a settlement with Cisco Systems.
 
2004- Tara Reid is carried out of a Miami nightclub after reportedly drinking herself into a stupor.
 
2001- Steely Dan wins four statues, including Album of the Year, at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards.
 
2000 - David Letterman returns to The Late Show five weeks after quintuple bypass surgery.
 
1995- Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. He lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.
 
1990- Bonnie Raitt is the big winner at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards, taking home four awards, including Album of the Year for Nick of Time. Milli Vanilli is named Best New Artist, but stripped of the award when it is revealed the duo didn't sing on its album.
 
1990 - Metallica wins its first Grammy, for the song "One."
 
1988- In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, T-V evangelist Jimmy Swaggart confesses to his congregation that he is guilty of an unspecified sin. (It later comes out that he has been having sex with a prostitute.) He announces that he is leaving the pulpit temporarily.
 
1987- Sly Stone is jailed on drug charges.
 
1972 - Richard Nixon becomes the first U-S president to visit China.
 
1968 - The Who begin a US tour at San Jose Civic Auditorium.
 
1968 -An agreement between baseball players and club owners increases the minimum salary for major league players to $10,000 a year.
 
1966- The Beatles' single of "Nowhere Man," backed with "What Goes On," is released.
 
1965- Controversial black leader Malcolm X, 39, is shot to death during an appearance at the Audubon Ballroom in New York.
 
1964 - The Rolling Stones release their third UK single, a cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away." It will become their first Top 10 single there.
 
1925- The New Yorker magazine makes its debut.
 
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This Day In Rock 2/20/13
2005 -Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and his wife Teresa announce that they have separated after 17 years of marriage. They have two children -- 16-year-old Chelsea and 13-year-old Taj. Tyler's first marriage, to onetime groupie Cyrinda Foxe, lasted nine years and produced model-actress Mia Tyler. He fathered actress Liv Tyler with model-singer Bebe Buell.
 
2005- Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson shoots himself to death at his Aspen, Colorado home.
 
2004- The Ozzfest 2004 lineup is announced. Ozzy Osbourne is revealed as the headliner (although Black Sabbath eventually takes the top spot), with the reunited Judas Priest and Slipknot also on the bill.
 
2003 - The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island catches fire during a pyrotechnics display at a Great White concert, killing 100 people -- including the band's guitarist, Ty Longley --and injuring nearly 200. It's the worst such disaster in U-S history.
 
1991 - Metallica wins a Grammy for its cover of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy," which was recorded for and included on an Elektra Records label compilation, Rubaiyat.
 
1987 - Billy Idol is arrested in New York for crack possession but is never formally charged with the crime.
 
1982- Pat Benatar marries her guitarist, Neil Giraldo, on Maui. It's Benatar's second marriage.
 
1976 - KISS place their footprints on the sidewalk outside Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater.
 
1974- Cher files for divorce from Sonny Bono.
 
1970 - John Lennon's "Instant Karma" single is released in the US.
 
1969 -Candy, with Ringo Starr in his first non-Beatles movie acting role, has its world premiere in London.
 
1969 -Goodbye Cream, a documentary film of Cream's November 26th, 1968 farewell concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, opens in Baltimore to small crowds. Critics complain about bad sound quality and editing.
 
1962 - John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, going around it three times in four hours and 55 minutes in the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
 
1792- President George Washington signs an act creating the U-S Postal Service.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 2/19/13
2008 - Ray Davies of The Kinks releases his second solo album, Working Man's Cafe.
 
2007- Playboy names Scarlett Johansson the world's sexiest female celebrity.
 
2007- Van Halen's reunion tour is postponed without explanation. Apparently, when Eddie's spokesperson (and girlfriend) announced the reunion on February 2nd, there was no signed deal between the band, singer David Lee Roth and tour promoter Live Nation.
 
1999- Metallica's Garage Inc. is simultaneously awarded gold, platinum and quadruple-platinum plaques.
 
1995- Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee marries Baywatch's Pamela Anderson on the beach in Cancun, Mexico. Anderson wears a white bikini to the ceremony.
 
1985- Mick Jagger releases his first solo album, She's the Boss.
 
1985 - "Mickey Mouse" is welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. The touring mouse plays 30 cities in 30 days.
 
1985 - Cherry Coke is introduced by the Coca-Cola Company.
 
1981 - A New York judge rules that George Harrison "subconsciously plagiarized" The Chiffons' 1963 hit "He's So Fine" when composing "My Sweet Lord." Harrison is ordered to pay 587-thousand-dollars to ABKCO Music, which, ironically, is owned by former Beatles business manager Allen Klein.
 
1980- AC/DC singer Bon Scott (born Ronald Belford) dies in London after choking on his own vomit following a drinking binge. He was 33.
 
1977 - Manfred Mann's Earth Band's lyrically imprecise remake of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded by the Light" hits number-one on the chart.
 
1977- Rock music is shut out at the 19th annual Grammy Awards. Stevie Wonder, George Benson and Chicago are the big winners. Starland Vocal Band is named Best New Artist and wins a second statue as well.
 
1976 - 17 days after entering the studio, The Ramones complete work on their self-titled debut album.
 
1974- KISS make their national TV debut on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
 
1974 - The first American Music Awards airs, hosted by Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller. The annual event created by Dick Clark is held weeks before the Grammys with winners elected by the public.
 
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This Day In Rock 2/15/13
2011- Motley Crue singer Vince Neil begins a 15-day jail sentence after copping a plea in a drunk driving arrest.
 
2008- Christopher Walken is honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Society for his "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment."
 
2007- Ian Astbury leaves Riders on the Storm, formerly known as The Doors of the 21st Century, to concentrate on The Cult.
 
2005- The state of Mississippi declares B-B King Day in honor of the Delta native, during a ceremony held in the state capitol of Jackson.
 
2005- YouTube.com, the video sharing site, premieres on the Internet.
 
1981- Guitarist Mike Bloomfield, a former member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Electric Flag and Bob Dylan's band, dies of a drug overdose. He was 36.
 
1978 - Leon Spinks defeats Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight boxing championship.
 
1977- Sid Vicious replaces Glen Matlock as bassist in The Sex Pistols.
 
1971 - George Harrison releases the single "What Is Life."
 
1970 - The Daughters of the American Revolution ban rock concerts at their Washington DC auditorium, Constitution Hall, after Sly and the Family Stone arrive five hours late for their show and the crowd does a thousand dollars worth of damage to the building.
 
1969- Led Zeppelin ends its first U-S tour with their second night at Thee Image Club in Miami, Florida.
 
1968- John and Cynthia Lennon and George and Patti Harrison fly to India to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Four days later, Ringo and Maureen Starr, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Mia Farrow and Donovan join them.
 
1964 - As Meet The Beatles begins an 11-week run at number-one on Billboard's album chart, The Beatles become the first group ever to have five songs on the Hot 100 singles chart in the same week.
 
1964- "U-S Rocks & Reels From Beatles Invasion -- Beatles Begin New British Artist Push," reads a headline in Billboard. The article claims, "Great Britain hasn't been as influential in American affairs since 1775."
 
 
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This Day In Rock 2/14/13
2010 - Doug Feiger of The Knack — who wrote and sang "My Sharona" about his old girlfriend — dies after a long battle with cancer at 57. 
 
2007 - Ben and Jerry's introduces Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream, an ice cream flavor full of toothiness. 
 
2000- KISS announce that their upcoming U-S tour -- starting March 11th in Phoenix -- will be their farewell, with the final show planned for "somewhere in the U-S in 2001," according to bassist Gene Simmons. They're still on the road. 
 
1999 - Elton John is a guest voice on a Valentines-themed episode of The Simpsons. 
 
1987- Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" hits number-one on the singles charts. 
 
1986 - Frank Zappa appears on Miami Vice, playing a crime boss named "Mr. Frankie." 
 
1973- An exhausted David Bowie collapses at the end of a Valentine's Day show at New York's Radio City Music Hall. 
 
1972- In shows taped several weeks earlier, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin a week-long stint as co-hosts on The Mike Douglas Show. 
 
1972 - Grease opens off-Broadway, where it will run for the next decade, for a total of 3,388 performances. 
 
1970- The Who tape themselves playing at England's Leeds University. Six songs are culled and released as the Live at Leeds album, which will later be expanded on a 1995 CD reissue with more material from the show. 
 
1966- Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers sets a National Basketball Association record, scoring a total of 20,884 points after seven seasons. 
 
1962 - First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gives a tour of the White House on television. 
 
1958- Walter Cronkite reports that the Iranian government has banned rock and roll on two grounds that it's against Islam and is a health hazard that can injure the hips if you dance to it. 
 
1931- Ted Lewis' "Just a Gigolo" hits number-one on the pop singles chart. 54 years later, David Lee Roth revives the song and takes it to the Top 3 for a second time. (The Village People also released a version of the song in 1978.) 
 
1929- The St. Valentine's Day Massacre takes place in Chicago. Seven gangsters, rivals of Al Capone, are killed. 
 
1920- The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago. 
 
 
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This Day In Rock 2/13/13
1982- Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant's gravestone is stolen from an Orange Park, Florida cemetery. The 300-pound stone is found two weeks later in a dry river bed.
 
1981- At 402 weeks, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of Moon becomes the longest-running rock album in the history of Billboard's Top 200 album chart. It still lags behind Johnny Mathis' Greatest Hits (490 weeks) and the original cast recording of My Fair Lady (480).
 
1980- Everybody say "AAYYY!" The leather jacket worn by Henry Winkler's "Fonzie" character in Happy Days goes on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D-C.
 
1975 - Jefferson Starship records "Miracles."
 
1972 - Led Zeppelin cancel a Singapore concert when local officials won't let them off the plane because of their long hair.
 
1970On Friday the 13th, Black Sabbath release their self-titled debut album in the U-K.
 
1969 - Sly & the Family Stone get a gold record for "Everyday People."
 
1969- The Doors get a gold record for "Touch Me."
 
1967 - The Beatles release "Penny Lane" backed with "Strawberry Fields Forever" as a double-A-sided single in the US. "Penny Lane" will reach number-one, while "Strawberry Fields Forever" peaks at number-eight.
 
1966 - The Rolling Stones sing "19th Nervous Breakdown," "As Tears Go By" and "Satisfaction on The Ed Sullivan Show.
 
1965- Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming wins the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, New York.
 
1965- The Rolling Stones wrap up the Australian leg of their Far East tour with afternoon and evening shows at the Capitol Theater in Perth.
 
1965- The Beach Boys perform at the Academy of Music in New York. Brian Wilson, who'd announced he'd no longer tour with the band, fills in when his replacement Glen Campbell has to fly to L-A to tape a couple of Shindig episodes.
 
1964- The Beatles fly to Miami, where they'll appear on The Ed Sullivan Show at the Deauville Hotel four days later. Seven-thousand frenzied fans greet them at the city's airport.
 
1914- The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is formed in New York to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
 
1866- Jesse James holds up his first bank.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 2/11/13
2008- Paul McCartney and Heather Mills's divorce trial gets under way in London.
 
2007- Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Frampton and Donald Fagen are among the winners at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Police reunite to open the show with "Roxanne."
 
2002- The six stars on N-B-C's Friends sign contracts that pay them 24-million dollars each for the series ninth and final season.
 
2000 - The space shuttle Endeavor takes off. The mission is to gather information for the most detailed map of the Earth ever made.
 
1999 - Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band begin their first winter tour in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
 
1998- Aerosmith postpone the last show of their Nine Lives tour because Steven Tyler has laryngitis.
 
1994 - The Ramones play their two-thousandth live show, in Tokyo, Japan.
 
1993- Janet Reno is appointed to be Attorney General by President Clinton. She is the first woman to hold the position.
 
1990- James "Buster" Douglas shocks the sports world by knocking out Mike Tyson in Tokyo to win the undisputed heavyweight boxing title.
 
1983- The Rolling Stones concert movie Let's Spend the Night Together premieres in New York.
 
1982- A-B-C broadcasts the final episode of the 18-hour mini-series The Winds of War. Costing 40-million dollars to produce, it was the most-watched television program.
 
1970- John Lennon plays Britain's Top of the Pops with The Plastic Ono Band, his first time on the show since 1966. He also pays the fines for 96 people arrested the previous month for protesting a South African rugby team's appearance in Scotland.
 
1970- The Magic Christian, starring Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers, opens in New York City on the same day as its soundtrack album, with Badfinger's Paul McCartney-written-and-produced "Come and Get It," is released.
 
1969- Janis Joplin starts a memorable four-night engagement at the Fillmore East in New York.
 
1965 - Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire album is certified gold.
 
1963- The Beatles record "I Saw Her Standing There," "Boys," "Do You Want to Know a Secret," "There's a Place," "Twist and Shout" and other songs for their first British album, Please Please Me, in a long one-day session at EMI's Abbey Road studios in London.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 2/8/13
2005 - Guess Who co-founders Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman are inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in Toronto.
 
1990 - Del Shannon ("Runaway," "Hats off to Larry") dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 50. There had been rumors of him joining The Traveling Wilburys as a replacement for the late Roy Orbison.
 
1974- The three-man crew of the Skylab space station returns to Earth after 84 days.
 
1973- Max Yasgur, the dairy farmer on whose property the Woodstock festival was held, dies.
 
1971 -Eat the Document, a Bob Dylan documentary shot mostly on his 1966 UK tour (Don't Look Back had chronicled the previous year's English visit), is shown for the first time at New York's Academy of Music.
 
1971- London's Royal Albert Hall bans a scheduled series of concerts by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention because they judge certain lyrics from 200 Motels, the album he's scheduled to perform with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to be obscene.
 
1969 - Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Stevie Winwood announce they are forming a new band and looking for a fourth member. When ex-Family bassist/violinist Rick Grech joins them, Blind Faith is born.
 
1967- The Beatles start recording "Good Morning, Good Morning." John Lennon later admits the song was inspired by the British commercial for Kelloggs Corn Flakes.
 
1965- George Harrison has his tonsils out at University College Hospital in London. They are destroyed to prevent anyone from later selling them.
 
1963- Lamar Hunt, owner of the American Football League franchise in Dallas, moves it to Kansas City and names the new team the Chiefs.
 
1960 - The House of Representatives' Special Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight opens hearings on disc jockey "payola" -- taking bribes from labels to play specific records.
 
1952- Queen Elizabeth II ascends to the British throne.
 
1936- The first National Football League draft is held. Jay Berwanger is the first to be selected, by the Philadelphia Eagles.
 
1910- The Boy Scouts of America is founded.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 2/7/13
2008 - The Rolling Stones attend the premiere of their Martin Scorsese-directed Shine a Light concert film at Germany's Berlin Film Festival.
 
2006 - Grammy Special Merit Awards are handed out in L-A. Among the honorees are David Bowie and Cream.
 
2001- Citing irreconcilable differences, Tom Cruise files for divorce from Nicole Kidman.
 
2000- Lonesome Dave Peverett, the singer-guitarist who founded and led Foghat, dies of cancer. He was 56.
 
1993- Neil Young tapes (actually, retapes) MTV Unplugged at Universal Studios in LA. Young had taped the show the previous December in New York, but wasn't happy with his performance. This one actually airs.
 
1988- Mike Tyson marries Robin Givens.
1983- Led Zeppelin's Coda album gets gold and platinum sales awards.
1980 - In Los Angeles, Pink Floyd play their first concert to feature The Wall.
 
1979 - At LA's Record Plant, Stephen Stills becomes the first rock performer to record on digital equipment, although the session is never released. Ry Cooder, who later becomes the first rocker to release a digitally recorded record, claims the process ruined his album.
 
1971- James Taylor, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Tony Joe White tape a TV special with Johnny Cash in Nashville. Johnny Cash on Campus airs 10 days later.
 
1966 - America's first serious rock music magazine, Paul Williams' Crawdaddy, is published for the first time.
 
1964- Thousands of Beatlemaniacs greet The Beatles at New York's Kennedy Airport, where they set foot on American soil for the first time, in order to make their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance. On the same day, Baskin-Robbins introduces "BeatleNut" ice cream.
 
1962 - The U-S government bans all Cuban imports and the re-export of U-S products to Cuba from other countries.
 
1959 - A thousand mourners attend Buddy Holly's funeral at Lubbock City Cemetery in Texas.
 
1922- Reader's Digest magazine is published for the first time.
 
 
 
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This Day In Rock 2/6/13
2007- Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne announce that tickets to this summer's Ozzfest will be free.
 
2006 - R-E-M's Michael Stipe releases his first solo E-P, In the Sun. Proceeds from the sale of the online-only E-P go to Hurricane Katrina relief.
 
2004- Robert Blake fires his lawyers, putting his murder trial on hold.
 
2002- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young kick off a North American tour just outside Detroit.
 
2000- Hillary Rodham Clinton officially declares her candidacy for Senator from New York.
 
1998- Beach Boys singer-guitarist Carl Wilson dies of complications from lung cancer at age 51.
 
1998- President Clinton signs a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
 
1993- Arthur Ashe, the first black man to win the U-S Open tennis championship and Wimbledon, dies in New York as a result of AIDS acquired in a blood transfusion. He was 49.
 
1990 - Billy Idol breaks several bones in a serious motorcycle accident after finishing an album called Charmed Life. As a result, he's forced to bow out of a role in Oliver Stone's Doors movie.
 
1990- Bob Marley's birthday is proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica.
 
1987 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young regroup for a pair of Greenpeace benefit concerts at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, California. It's their first appearance together since 1985's Live Aid.
 
1987 - Ronald Reagan turns 76 years old, which makes him the eldest serving president in U-S history.
 
1981- Yoko Ono releases "Walking on Thin Ice -- for John." Lennon was mixing the song right before his death.
 
1981 - George Harrison is joined by fellow ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as he starts recording "All These Years Ago."
 
1971 - Using a six-iron that he brought on the flight, astronaut Alan B. Shepard swings at three golf balls on the surface of the moon.
 
1966 - Simon & Garfunkel sing "Sounds of Silence" and The Animals do "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" on The Ed Sullivan Show.
 
1958- George Harrison makes his Quarrymen debut in a show at Wilson Hall in Liverpool.
 
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This Day In Rock 2/5/13
2008- Pearl Jam release a remake of "Rock Around the Clock" called "Rock Around Barack" through their website. Guitarist Stone Gossard handles vocals in place of Eddie Vedder.
 
2008 - The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- who promoted transcendental meditation, communed with The Beatles and counted The Beach Boys' Mike Love among his most loyal followers -- dies at his home in the Netherlands.
 
2007- The Beatles' Apple Corps Limited and Apple Computer enter into an agreement over the use of the name "Apple" and apple logos. The computer giant will now own all of the trademarks related to "Apple" and will license certain trademarks back to Apple Corps.
 
2006- The Rolling Stones provide the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl 40 in Detroit, playing "Start Me Up," "Rough Justice" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
 
2003 - Secretary of State Colin Powell presents evidence -- later proven to be false -- to the United Nations concerning Iraq and weapons of mass destruction.
 
2001 - Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announce their separation. In a statement they attribute the breakup to their conflicting schedules.
1997- Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same album goes quadruple-platinum.
1975- Queen begin their second U-S tour -- their first as headliners -- at the Agora in Columbus, Ohio.
 
1973 - Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" is certified gold.
 
1972- Airlines around the U-S begin mandatory screening of passengers and baggage.
 
1972- Paul Simon releases "Mother and Child Reunion," his first solo single, along with his self-titled solo album.
 
1969 - Goodbye, the last Cream album to contain studio recordings, is released.
 
1967- After The News of the World newspaper accuses Mick Jagger of public drug use in an article called "Pop Stars and Drugs: Facts That Will Shock You," the singer announces plans to sue the British tabloid. It later surfaces that the reporter mistook Brian Jones for his bandmate.
 
1962 - Ringo Starr sits in for an ailing Pete Best at two Beatles shows -- a lunchtime appearance at The Cavern and an evening show in Southport.
 
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This Day In Rock 2/4/13
2008 - NASA beams The Beatles' song "Across the Universe" to Polaris, better known as the North Star. The unique broadcast celebrates the 40th anniversary of the song and the 45th anniversary of NASA's Deep Space Network -- which communicates with its distant probes -- and the 50th anniversary of the space agency. Even at the speed of light, the signal will take 431 years to reach its destination -- Polaris is two-point-five-quadrillion miles from Earth.
 
2004 -Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg launches the site that will become Facebook as thefacebook.com.
 
1999- Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York is announced as the location of Woodstock '99.
 
1997- Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores his 600th National Hockey League goal during his 719th game. Only Wayne Gretzy had previously reached the same scoring milestone in fewer games (718).
 
1989 - Guns N' Roses becomes the first act in 15 years (since Jim Croce) to have two albums in the Top 5 of Billboard's album chart: Appetite for Destruction and the mini-album G n' R Lies.
 
1988 - Metallica's Cliff 'Em All video is certified gold and platinum.
 
1987- Liberace dies of AIDS at age 67.
 
1974- Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst is kidnapped in Berkeley, California by a radical group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army.
 
1972- South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond sends a secret memo to Attorney General John Mitchell suggesting that John Lennon be deported as an "undesirable alien" due to his "political views and activism."
 
1969 - Paul McCartney responds to the other Beatles decision to make Allen Klein the group's business manager by engaging Eastman & Eastman, Linda Eastman's father's law firm, as general counsel for Apple.
 
1968 - Neal Cassady -- the godfather of the Beat Generation and the inspiration for Jack Kerouac's On the Road -- dies in Mexico at age 41.
 
1966- In London, The Who begin their first headlining theater tour of England on a bill with Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages.
 
1932 - The United Service Organization (USO) is founded.
 
1941- The first Winter Olympics in the United States are held at Lake Placid, New York.
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This Day In Rock 2/1/13
2003- The space shuttle Columbia breaks up during re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere. All seven astronauts on board die.
 
1994 - Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty in Portland, Oregon, for his role in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly, Tonya Harding's ex-husband, strikes a plea bargain in which he confesses to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony implicating Harding.
 
1992- Nirvana's Nevermind album reaches number-one in Billboard for the second time.
 
1988- The Cars announce their breakup.
 
1985- Glenn Frey makes his acting debut as a pilot on an episode of Miami Vice that is based on his song "Smuggler's Blues."
 
1979 - Patty Hearst is released from prison after serving 22 months of a seven-year sentence for bank robbery.
 
1977 - Guitarist Eric Bell leaves Thin Lizzy.
 
1968- At the Fillmore West in San Francisco, The Jimi Hendrix Experience begins a barn-storming 60-city, 66-day North American tour.
 
1968- Priscilla Beaulieu Presley gives birth to Elvis' only child, Lisa Marie, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
 
1968- The Doors report that they've been offered a half-million dollars to star in a movie. They also announce plans for an A-B-C T-V special, a humor book and a volume of lyrics and poetry by Jim Morrison. His poetry book is the only one of the projects that comes to pass.
 
1967- The Beatles record the title song for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road.
 
1965- The Yardbirds record "For Your Love" in London.
 
1964 - The Beatles have their first number-one single in America.  "I Want to Hold Your Hand" starts a string of 14 consecutive weeks in which The Fab Four top the Billboard singles chart. After seven weeks of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "She Loves You" is in for two weeks. "Can't Buy Me Love" closes the run with five weeks atop the Hot 100.
 
1963- Neil Young's instrumental group, The Squires, which models itself after England's Shadows, plays its first show at the Riverview Community Club in Winnipeg, Canada.
 
1949- R-C-A Victor introduces the 45 r-p-m record.
 
1913- Grand Central Station opens in New York City.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 1/31/13
2010 - Neil Young, who'd been nominated 13 times in the previous 20 years but had never won, wins the Grammy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for his Neil Young Archives Volume One (1963-1972). His speech is perhaps the briefest ever at the event — he says, "Thank you everybody." The show also offers a tribute to the late Michael Jackson.
 
2001- KISS announce that drummer Peter Criss will not be with the band for the remainder of their Farewell Tour. He is replaced by Eric Singer.
 
2000- Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker is suspended for disparaging foreigners, homosexuals and minorities in a Sports Illustrated interview.
 
1990 - McDonald's opens its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.
 
1982- The Doobie Brothers announce their breakup, but say they'll do a farewell tour.
 
1981 - Blondie hits number-one on the singles chart for the third time, with "The Tide Is High."
 
1976 - David Bowie releases Station to Station.
 
1975 - Elton John's Greatest Hits is America's best-selling album for the 10th week in a row.
 
1974 - Ringo Starr gets a gold record for "You're 16."
 
1972- John Lennon and Yoko Ono tape the first of five Mike Douglas Shows.
 
1971- Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Junior, Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blast off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.
 
1970 - The Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of L-S-D and barbiturates in New Orleans. The incident is later incorporated into the lyrics of "Truckin."
 
1969- Led Zeppelin plays its first New York show, opening for Iron Butterfly at the Fillmore East.
 
1967- Inspired by seeing Jimi Hendrix perform at London's Saville Theater, Jack Bruce composes the riff for Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love."
 
1967- The Beatles' "Penny Lane" is first broadcast on the pirate station Radio London 17 days before its official British release. The previous day, manager Brian Epstein had told E-M-I to make the song the next Beatles single .
 
1963 - The Beach Boys record "Surfin' U-S-A" and "Shut Down."
 
1958- Explorer I, the first man-made Earth satellite, is put into orbit.
 
1940- The first Social Security check is issued by the U-S government.
 
 
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