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This Day In Rock 5/30
2007 - Ozzy Osbourne's Black Rain debuts at number-three on the Billboard album chart. It's Ozzy's best chart showing as a solo artist.
 
1978- Swan Song Records announces that Led Zeppelin has entered a recording studio for the first time since the death of Robert Plant's young son in July 1977. The sessions will produce the band's final album, In Through the Out Door.
 
1975 - Paul McCartney & Wings release Venus and Mars in England. The album includes the number-one single "Listen to What the Man Says."
 
1975- The Who records "Slip Kid" and "Squeeze Box."
 
1973- George Harrison releases his second chart-topping album, Living in the Material World, which contains "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)."
 
1971- Three dozen Grateful Dead fans are treated for hallucinations caused by LSD unwittingly ingested in spiked apple drink served at San Francisco's Winterland.
 
1969 - Led Zeppelin do the first of two nights of shows at New York's Fillmore East to close out their second U-S tour. They share the bill with an old-time big band, Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, and Delaney & Bonnie.
 
1968 - The Beatles hold their first recording session for The White Album at Abbey Road. The first song they work on is John Lennon's "Revolution One."
 
1967- Jefferson Airplane is the subject of a Look magazine story that dubs their music "love rock" and profiles the individual members, their friends and life in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
 
1966- The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" b/w "Rain" single is released in the U-S.
 
1922- The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D-C.
 
1911- Ray Harroun wins the first Indianapolis 500, averaging 74.59 miles per hour.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 5/29/13
2010 - Actor, director and artist Dennis Hopper dies of prostate cancer at 74.
 
2008 - In honor of his 25th anniversary as a movie star, Tom Cruise launches TomCruise-dot-com.
 
2006 - Charlie Gibson takes over as sole anchor of A-B-C's World News Tonight.
 
2003- Researchers clone an Idaho mule. Scientists create a mule named Idaho Gem from a cell from a mule fetus and a horse egg.
 
2002- Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth kick off their joint tour outside Cleveland.
 
2001 - In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court rules that Casey Martin, a golfer with a degenerative disease, has the legal right -- under the Americans with Disabilitites Act -- to ride a golf cart during tournaments.
 
1977- Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to drive in the Indianapolis 500.
 
1973 - Roger McGuinn makes his solo debut at New York's Academy of Music just before the release of his first solo album and confirms that The Byrds are history.
 
1973 - Tom Bradley is elected mayor of Los Angeles for the first time. He is the first African-American to hold the office.
 
1972- Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells album, which will become a hit after part of it is used as the theme of The Exorcist, is released.
 
1971- Paul McCartney releases his version of the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb." It goes Top 30.
 
1971 - The Rolling Stones top both the U-S album and singles charts with Sticky Fingers and "Brown Sugar," respectively.
 
1965 - The Rolling Stones, who are on the charts with "The Last Time," play the Academy of Music in New York.
 
1964 - The Rolling Stones' first U-S album, England's Newest Hitmakers, is released as London Records 375. "Not Fade Away," the band's first U-S single, leads off side one.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 5/28/13
2008 - Sharon Stone's movies are banned at one of China's largest theater chains after she remarked that the devastating Chinese earthquake was the result of bad "karma."
 
2007 - After a fan-club-only rehearsal show the night before, The Police open their reunion tour at the G-M Place in Vancouver, Canada.
 
2002- Longtime anchor Tom Brokaw announces he'll leave N-B-C Nightly News after the 2004 presidential election. M-S-N-B-C anchor Brian Williams will take his place.
 
1998 - Comic actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member Phil Hartman is shot to death by his wife, Brynn, who then shoots herself after police arrive on the scene at their Encino, California home. He was 49. 
 
1983- The US Festival begins in San Bernardino, California. The festival loses millions of dollars due to the large fees paid to Van Halen and David Bowie.
 
1977 - Bruce Springsteen settles his lawsuits with former manager Mike Appel out of court, ending a year-long period of inactivity. He immediately heads into the studio to start recording Darkness on the Edge of Town.
 
1977- Heart's "Barracuda" single is released.
 
1976 - The Allman Brothers Band announces it is breaking up after Gregg Allman testifies in court against the band's road manager in a major drug case. The band will reform in 1978.
 
1969- Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull are arrested in their London home for marijuana possession.
 
1967 - Keith Moon is rushed to the hospital after injuring his stomach muscles during a recording session. The following night, The Who plays a show in Glasgow, Scotland with a fill-in drummer, Julian Covey.
 
1964- Marianne Faithfull records "As Tears Go By" in London.
 
1957 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is founded. Two years later, the organization launches The Grammy Awards.
 
1951 - After going 0 for 12 in his rookie season, Willie Mays of the New York Giants gets his first big league hit, a homer.
 
1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge, crossing a strait at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay, opens to automobile traffic.
 
1895 - Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde (Salome, The Importance of Being Earnest) is jailed for sodomy.
 

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This Day In Rock 5/24/13
2007 - Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek of The Doors are in Cleveland for a reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as it unveils a Doors exhibit, Break on Through: The Lasting Legacy of the Doors.
 
2004- B-B King wins Sweden's prestigious (and lucrative) Polar Music Prize.
 
2003 - Performing in Moscow for 20,000 ticketholders and over 100,000 who crowded streets near the open-air stage in Red Square, Paul McCartney's show is highlighted by The Beatles' classic "Back in the USSR."
 
1999- Mike Tyson is released from a Maryland jail, having served three-and-a-half months for assaulting two motorists after a collision.
 
1994 - The four men convicted of bombing New York's World Trade Center are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
 
1991- Original Byrds singer-guitarist Gene Clark dies at age 49.
 
1984- The Detroit Tigers win a record 17th consecutive road game.
 
1982 - A benefit for the Vietnam Veterans Project, featuring Jefferson Starship, The Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs and Country Joe McDonald, is held in San Francisco's Moscone Center.
 
1979 - Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks of Genesis surprise fans by showing up in person at the box office of the Roxy club in Los Angeles to sell tickets to their benefit for local hospitals the next night.
 
1979- Wings releases the Back to the Egg album.
 
1978 - Van Halen's self-titled debut album is certified gold.
 
1976- Supersonic Concorde service begins between Paris and London and Washington, D-C.
 
1974 - After nine seasons, N-B-C airs the final Dean Martin Show.
 
1964- The Beatles are on The Ed Sullivan Show.
 
1963- The Beatles get top billing over Roy Orbison for the first time when they perform together at a concert in northeast London.
 
1957 - John Lennon's skiffle group The Quarrymen play their first public concert, performing from the back of a truck at a Liverpool street fair.
 

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This Day In Rock 5/21/13
2008- Aerosmith's Steven Tyler checks into rehab. He'll later claim that the stint was related to a series of surgeries to correct injuries to his foot.
 
2004- Drummer Bill Ward announces that he will play with Black Sabbath on the summer's Ozzfest tour.
 
2000- Don Henley kicks off his Inside Job tour in Houston, two days before the album comes out.
 
1998- Kip Kinkel, an expelled high school student in Springfield, Oregon, kills two people and wounds 25 others with a semi-automatic rifle in a school shooting spree. After he is apprehended, police learn that the boy had killed his parents the day before the rampage.
 
1992 - Bette Midler appears as Johnny Carson's last guest on The Tonight Show, one night before the show airs its final episode.
 
1983- "Let's Dance" by David Bowie hits number-one in Billboard
 
1982- Queen releases the Hot Space album.
 
1980- The Empire Strikes Back, the second film in the Star Wars series, opens across the U-S.
 
1979- Elton John performs in Leningrad, kicking off an eight-date tour of Russia. He's the first Western pop star to mount a major tour of the nation. The shows result in To Russia With Elton, a cable-TV special and videodisc.
 
1976 - Aerosmith's Rocks album is certified gold.
 
1976- Paul McCartney's Wings Over America tour hits Nassau Coliseum on Long Island in New York.
 
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin a 10-day "bed-in" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
 
1969- The Beatles officially announce the appointment of Allen Klein, who has worked with Donovan and The Rolling Stones, to handle their financial affairs.
 
1968- Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones is busted for cannabis possession in his London apartment.
 
1964 - "Sie Liebt Dich," The Beatles' German-language version of "She Loves You," is issued in the U-S.
 
1954- An amendment to lower the voting age to 18 is defeated.
 
1945 - Humphrey Bogart weds Lauren Bacall.
1914 -The Greyhound Bus Company is formed in Minnesota.
 

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This Day In Rock 5/20/13
2011- Wrestling legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage dies at 58 of a heart attack while driving with his wife.
 
2003 - Elvis Costello receives ASCAP's Founders Award -- a lifetime achievement trophy for songwriting -- in Los Angeles.
 
2003- A cow in British Columbia, Canada is diagnosed with mad cow disease. As a result, the U-S bans imports of Canadian beef, cattle and animal feed.
 
1998 - Charlie Sheen is admitted to Thousand Oaks, California's Los Robles Regional Medical Center after suffering a drug overdose.
 
1993- The final episode of Cheers is aired on N-B-C T-V.
 
1989- Comedian Gilda Radner dies at age 42.
 
1981- Bob Marley's body lies in state in Kingston, Jamaica.
 
1977- The theatrical musical Beatlemania premieres on Broadway.
 
1974- Queen releases "Seven Seas of Rhye" as a U-S single.
 
1971- Chicago singer Peter Cetera loses four teeth and is hospitalized after being beaten at a Cubs game by four men who object to his long hair.
 
1970- The Beatles documentary film Let It Be debuts in London and Liverpool, but none of the Fab Four attends events in either city.
 
1968- Big Brother & the Holding Company records "Piece of My Heart."
 
1967- Jimi Hendrix signs a U-S recording deal with Reprise Records.
 
1966 - Keith Moon quits The Who for a week after Pete Townshend clocks him on the head with his guitar because Moon turns up late for a show.
 
1932- Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
 
1902- Cuba gains its independence from Spain.
 
1899- A New York driver receives the first speeding ticket issued in America.
 
 

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This Day In Rock 5/15/13
2011 - John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" are sold at auction in Los Angeles for $200,000.
 
2005- Carl's Junior debuts a commercial featuring Paris Hilton, clad in a skimpy black bathing suit and standing next to a Bentley, wolfing down a spicy burger while dancing to "I Love Paris in the Springtime."
 
2000 - Bob Dylan receives the prestigious (and high-paying) Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, Sweden.
 
1996 - The Metallica album is certified nine-times platinum.
 
1984- On the eve of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U-S-A world tour, Nils Lofgren is named to fill the E Street Band vacancy left by guitarist "Miami" Steve Van Zandt.
 
1982 - "Ebony and Ivory," the racial-harmony duet by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, hits number-one in Billboard, and remains there for seven weeks.
 
1976 - The Rolling Stones' Black and Blue, which features "Fool to Cry," hits number-one on the Billboard album chart.
 
1975- Fleetwood Mac performs in El Paso, Texas. It's the first show by the lineup that would bring the group its greatest success: Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine and John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
 
1974- Bassist Bill Wyman releases Monkey Grip, the first solo album by a member of The Rolling Stones.
 
1973- California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan pitches his first no-hitter, beating Kansas City.
 
1971- Four Way Street by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young arrives at number-one in Billboard.
 
1970 - The first Black Sabbath album is released in the U-S.
 
1967- Paul McCartney meets his future wife, New York photographer Linda Eastman, at the London nightclub Bag o'Nails.
 
1965- The Byrds enter the Hot 100 chart for the first time with an electrified rendition of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." It hits number-one six weeks later.
 
1963- At the fifth Grammy Awards, Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" is Record of the Year.
 
1957- Britain becomes the world's third thermo-nuclear power.
 
1912 -Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers rushes a heckler during a game is suspended indefinitely.
 

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This Day In Rock 5/14/13
2008- Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Tracks of My Tears," Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the Joni Mitchell album For the Roses are added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.
 
2002- Rush release Vapor Trails, their first studio album in six years.
 
2000- Hundreds of thousands of mothers rally in Washington and several other cities to demand stricter gun laws.
 
2000- The six cast members of Friends sign two-year contracts that guarantees each actor $750,000 per episode, up from $125,000.
 
1998- The final episode of Seinfeld airs after nine years on N-B-C.
 
1989- The final episodes of Moonlighting and Family Ties are broadcast.
 
1985- The first McDonald's restaurant becomes a fast food museum.
 
1982- The Clash release their Combat Rock album.
 
1976 - Former Yardbirds and Renaissance singer Keith Relf, 33, is fatally electrocuted at home while tuning his guitar.
 
1973- On the same day Led Zeppelin performs at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, the band's Houses of the Holy album hits number-one in Billboard.
 
1973- The United States launches Skylab, the manned space station.
 
1970- Eleven days after the Kent State shootings, Crosby Stills Nash & Young release the single "Ohio" as a tribute to the victims.
 
1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney hold a press conference at New York's Americana Hotel to discuss plans for their new company, Apple. Afterwards, Paul meets Linda Eastman for the second time and gets her phone number.
 
1967 - Mickey Mantle hits the 500th home run of his career, off Baltimore's Stu Miller.
 
1964- A full page ad in Billboard reads: WATCH OUT USA...HERE THEY ARE! THE ROLLING STONES! THEY'RE GREAT! THEY'RE OUTRAGEOUS! THEY'RE REBELS! THEY SELL! THEY'RE ENGLAND'S HOTTEST-BUT HOTTEST-GROUP!
 
1960 - The birth control pill is introduced in the U-S.
 

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This Day In Rock 5/13/13
2008- A 42-cent postage stamp honoring Frank Sinatra goes on sale on the 10th anniversary of his death.
 
2008 - Filter's Anthems for the Damned album arrives in stores.
 
2007 - Pope Benedict the 16th condemns both communism and capitalism as "systems that marginalize God" during a speech in Brazil.
 
2004 - N-B-C airs the final episode of Frasier.
 
2002- U-2 debut a new song, "Hands That Built America," done for the Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York, via a live performance simulcast from Ireland to New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
 
1996- At a wild party at Chicago's Crowbar, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam leads a chorus of "Happy Birthday" for Dennis Rodman.
 
1985 - Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips on her 25th birthday. She will file for divorce three years later.
 
1983 - The Smiths release their first single, "Hand in Glove."
 
1977 - Manfred Mann's Earth Band performs "Blinded by the Light" and Heart does "Magic Man" on The Midnight Special.
 
1972-Bonanza co-star Dan "Hoss" Blocker dies at age 43 of a blood clot.
 
1971- In San Francisco, Jefferson Airplane recording sessions are halted after singer Grace Slick smashes her Mercedes into a wall near Golden Gate Park.
 
1970- The Beatles' Let It Be movie has its world premiere in New York.
 
1970 - Badfinger starts recording "No Matter What."
 
1968- Peace talks between the U-S and North Vietnam begin in Paris.
 
1966 - The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" single is released in the U.K. It will go to number-one there, as well as in the U-S.
 
1966-The Kinks record "Sunny Afternoon."
 
1950- Diner's Club issues the first credit cards.
 
 

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This Day In Rock 5/10/13
2008 - Paul McCartney's divorce from Heather Mills becomes official.
 
2007- All four members of Pink Floyd take part in a tribute show to the band's late singer, Syd Barrett, in London. David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright play together, while Roger Waters performs solo.
 
2005- Robert Plant releases Mighty Rearranger, his first solo album of original material in 12 years.
 
2005 - Styx releases Big Bang Theory, a tribute album to some of the great rock songs from the '60s and '70s. Among its songs are Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath," The Who's "I Can See for Miles," Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home," and Procol Harum's "Salty Dog."
 
2003 - Paul McCartney performs outside the Roman Coliseum for massive crowd. Along with his usual setlist of Beatles, solo and Wings material, he adds "Volare."
 
2001- Eric Clapton kicks off the U-S leg of his Reptile tour in Dallas.
 
2001-After losing roughly $70 million, the X-F-L -- co-sponsored by NBC and the World Wrestling Federation -- shuts operations after one season. 
 
2000- Seven years after questioning the safety of saline breast implants, the F-D-A allows the two largest manufacturers to market the devices despite the new evidence of serious health risks.
 
1999- Rip Torn wins $475,000 in punitive damages for defamation of character in a suit against Dennis Hopper. In 1994, on The Tonight Show, Hopper said that Torn was cut out of the film Easy Rider because he pulled a knife on Hopper.
 
1994- Nelson Mandela takes the oath of office to become South Africa's first black president.
 
1983- The last first-run episode of Laverne and Shirley is broadcast on A-B-C.
 
1974 - Nearly 80-thousand tickets to four shows by The Who at New York's Madison Square Garden in June sell out in eight hours.
 
1969- The Beatles single "Get Back" debuts at number-10 on the Billboard chart.
 
1967 - On the same day that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are in court pleading not guilty to drug charges, police raid Brian Jones' London apartment and charge him with unlawful possession of drugs.
 
1964- Bob Dylan arrives in the U-K for his first tour there.
 
1963 - The Rolling Stones record what they hope will be their first single, Chuck Berry's "Come On" and Willie Dixon's "I Want to Be Loved," at London's Olympic Sound Studios. Both label and band will deem the results not up to snuff and schedule a second session.
 

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This Day In Rock 5/9/13
2005 - Work stops on the third season of Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central series because the star is "worn down by a toxic combination of too much pressure, too much partying -- and a creative rift with the network," according to Newsweek.
 
2001- Arnold Schwarzenegger announces he'll be back for Terminator Three -- but co-star Linda Hamilton and director James Cameron won't. Says Ah-nold, "One thing I know for certain is who will be playing 'The Terminator.'"
 
1998 - Linda Hamilton, the actress wife of Titanic director James Cameron, is overheard confirming reports of her marriage ending. "My husband left me for another woman," she reportedly tells a friend at a charity event. "It's too bad, 'cause I like my husband."  Hamilton is Cameron's fourth wife.
 
1989- In a speech to the United Negro College Fund, Vice-President Dan Quayle mis-states the group's slogan as "what a waste it is to lose one's mind."
 
1978- David Bowie wraps up his U-S tour at Madison Square Garden in New York.
 
1977- Patty Hearst is released from jail.
 
1974- Opening for Bonnie Raitt at Boston's Harvard Square Theater, Bruce Springsteen - who performs does "Born to Run" in concert for the first time - is reviewed by Rolling Stone editor and critic Jon Landau, who writes the soon-to-be-famous line, "I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen." Landau will go on to produce and manage Springsteen.
 
1973 - Mick Jagger adds 150-thousand-dollars of his own money to the 350-thousand raised by The Rolling Stones' January benefit concert for Nicaraguan earthquake victims.
 
1970 - The Doors' scheduled performance at Fairfield University in Connecticut is canceled under pressure from the school's board of trustees. A statement says it is "not in the best interest of the Fairfield community" for Jim Morrison to be the "star attraction" at a school-sponsored event, since an "undesirable and immoral elements might infiltrate the campus under the guise of watching the concert."
 
1965 - Bob Dylan ends his European tour at London's Royal Albert Hall, a show that is extensively bootlegged.
 
1963- Paul McCartney meets his future girlfriend Jane Asher at a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
 
1962 - Brian Epstein meets with George Martin to play him an audition disc by The Beatles. Martin is unimpressed by the recordings, but interested enough to arrange a live audition for the group in June.
 
1960- The F-D-A approves the birth control pill.
 
 

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This Day In Rock 5/8/13
2006- The Beatles lose their lawsuit against Apple Computers. The band's Apple Corps had argued that the computer giant violated an earlier agreement about using its logo to sell music.
 
2006 - Keith Richards undergoes brain surgery at a New Zealand hospital to relieve bleeding in his brain caused when he fell from a tree in April. The Stones postpone the beginning of their European tour to allow Richards time to recover.
 
1999 - David Bowie receives an honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
 
1990 - Tom Waits wins his lawsuit against Frito-Lay, which had used a Waits soundalike in a Doritos commercial. He is awarded $2.5 million in damages.
 
1984- "Joanie" (Erin Moran) and "Chachi" (Scott Baio) get married on A-B-C T-V's Happy Days.
 
1981- Canada's Loverboy get a gold record for their debut album.
 
1979- Supertramp's Breakfast in America is certified platinum. Eleven days later it hits the top of Billboard's album chart, where it remains for four consecutive weeks. It's the group's only number-one album.
 
1975 - Bad Company's second album, Straight Shooter, is certified gold.
 
1972 - Billy Preston becomes the first rock performer to headline New York's Radio City Music Hall.
 
1970- The Beatles' Let It Be, the band's final album of completely original material, is released in the UK. The accompanying documentary movie comes out on May 20th in London and Liverpool.
 
1963- The first "James Bond" movie, Doctor No, is released in the U-S.
 
1962 - Brian Epstein takes The Beatles' rejected Decca Records audition tape to a friend at an H-M-V Shop, who puts him in touch with E-M-I executive George Martin.
 
1956 - "Alfred E. Neuman" appears on the cover of Mad magazine for the first time.
 

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This Day In Rock 5/7/13
2002 - Eddie Van Halen posts a note on Van Halen's website saying he's gotten a "100-percent clean bill of health" from his doctors in his recovery from cancer.
 
2002- M-T-V airs the 10th and final episode of The Osbournes' first season.
 
2001- While Lou Reed is in Amsterdam, a hoax announcement of his death is circulated on the Internet.
 
1991- A wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne is dismissed after a Georgia couple fails to prove that Ozzy's music inspired their son to attempt suicide.
 
1987- Shelley Long makes her last regular appearance as "Diane Chambers" on Cheers.
 
1984- The Soviet Union withdraws from the summer Olympics in the U-S.
 
1975- President Gerald Ford formally declares an end to "The Vietnam era."
 
1973 - George Harrison releases "Give Me Love," the first single from Living in the Material World. It will become his second number-one single.
 
1972- Elton John becomes the legal name of the performer born Reginald Kenneth Dwight.
 
1971- The Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar" as a single in the U-S.
 
1971 - On their way home from an unpublicized gig in Sunderland, England (all tickets 50 pence, about $1.25), The Who stop for a roadside leak outside Sheffield and shoot the cover for Who's Next.
 
1967- Jefferson Airplane performs "Somebody to Love" on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
 
1966 - An Irish newspaper reports an IRA threat to blow up The Who during their Dublin concert if the group wear their Union Jack jackets.
 
1959 - The Los Angeles Dodgers hold "Roy Campanella Night" at the L-A Coliseum in front of 93,103, the largest crowd to ever attend a baseball game.
 
1940 - Winston Churchill becomes the British Prime Minister.
 
1928 - England lowers the voting age for women from 30 to 21.
 
1914 - President Woodrow Wilson issues a proclamation making Mother's Day a national holiday on the second Sunday of May.
 

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This Day In Rock 5/6/2013
2004 - N-B-C airs the final episode of Friends.
 
Crosby, Stills & Nash, Buffalo Springfield, The (Young) Rascals, Parliament-Funkadelic, Joni Mitchell, Jackson 5, Bee Gees, Mahalia Jackson, Bill Monroe and Syd Nathan are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the first such ceremony to be held in Cleveland, where the Hall is.
 
1984- Spinal Tap plays its first "real life" concert at CBGB in New York.
 
1983 - We Will Rock You, the Queen concert film, has its U-S premiere in San Diego.
 
1977- Eric Clapton records "Cocaine" for Slowhand.
 
1977 - Led Zeppelin break their own record for largest audience at a single-act concert when 76,229 fans see them at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
 
1977 - The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl is released by Capitol. Recordings from the Fab Four's August 23rd, 1964 and August 30th, 1965 concerts are combined into a single-disc album.
 
1972 - Elton John's "Rocket Man" single is released.
 
1969- The Beatles record "You Never Give Me Your Money" at Olympic Studios in London.
 
1967 - Scott MacKenzie's hippie anthem, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)," enters the Billboard charts. The song, written by The Mamas and the Papas' John Phillips, reaches number-four.
 
1967 - The Grateful Dead's self-titled debut enters the album chart.
 
1965- Keith Richards starts writing The Rolling Stones' first number-one hit, "Satisfaction." After performing at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, he awakens from a brief sleep with a melody on his mind, turns on his portable tape recorder and starts to strum the first fragments of the song. He nods off again, but the melody is preserved on tape. He and Mick Jagger turn it into one of the most famous songs of the '60s.
 
1957- Chuck Berry records "Rock and Roll Music."
 
1957- Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage.
 
1955 - Bill Haley and the Comets become the first rock artists to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.
 
1954- Runner Roger Bannister of Britain becomes the first man to break the four-minute mile.
 
1915- Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox makes his pitching debut against the New York Yankees.
 
 

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This Day In Rock 5/2/13
2005- Cream starts a four-night reunion at London's Royal Albert Hall, the site of the group's last public show on November 26th, 1968. The last time that Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker played together was on January 12th, 1993, when Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
 
1997 - Eddie Murphy is busted with a hooker.
 
1980 - The Pink Floyd song "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" is banned in South Africa, where black children have made it an anthem for the inequality in their education.
 
1979 - At the Rainbow Theater in London, drummer Kenney Jones plays his first show as the late Keith Moon's replacement in The Who.
 
1977- Bruce Springsteen's The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle goes gold, three years after its release.
 
1977 - Eric Clapton records "Wonderful Tonight."
 
1975 - Apple Records officially closes. By this time, the individual Beatles have signed contracts with other labels-such as Paul McCartney with Capitol and Ringo Starr with Atlantic.
 
1972 - Bruce Springsteen's scheduled "15-minute audition" with Columbia A-&-R man John Hammond turns into a two-hour performance and an invitation from Hammond to return the next day to cut demos.
 
1969- In the midst of a U-S tour, Led Zeppelin begin a two-day recording session in L-A, during which they record "Whole Lotta Love" and other tracks for Led Zeppelin 2.
 
1969 - The Beatles record 36 takes of "Something" for the Abbey Road album at Abbey Road studios. The track would not be completed until August.
 
1969- The Who previews Tommy for the British press with a private hour-long concert performance at Ronnie Scott's Club in London.
 
1965- The Rolling Stones perform "The Last Time" on The Ed Sullivan Show. They also close the episode, doing the instrumental "2120 South Michigan Avenue" under the credits.
 
1964 - Replacing Meet The Beatles at number-one, The Beatles' Second Album becomes the first record to reach the top of the U-S album chart in its second week.
 
1954- Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a record five home runs against the New York Giants.
 
1939 - Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees voluntarily benches himself after playing 2,130 consecutive games.
 

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This Day In Rock 5/1/13
2011 - President Obama makes a late evening TV announcement that the U.S. military has killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden in a compound not far from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The president called it “the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda."
 
2008- Kate Hudson is the cover star of People magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People" issue.
 
2007 - Rush releases Snakes and Arrows.
 
1992 - On the third day of rioting in Los Angeles following the verdict in the Rodney King beating trial, he issues an appeal for calm, saying "Why can't we all just get along?"
 
1984 - Mick Fleetwood files for bankruptcy in the U-S.
 
1977 - Eric Clapton enters Olympic Studios in London to work on Slowhand, the album which features "Lay Down Sally" and "Wonderful Tonight."
 
1977 - The Clash start their first U-K tour at The Roxy in London.
 
1975 - Styx get their first gold album, for Styx 2.
 
1970 - The Doors perform at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
 
1967 - The Hollies record "Carrie-Anne" at Abbey Road in London.
 
1967- The Rolling Stones get a gold record for "Ruby Tuesday."
 
1963- The Rollin' Stones sign a management contract with Andrew Oldham and Eric Easton and are persuaded by Oldham to add a "g" to their name.
 
1960 - A U-S spy plane is shot down over Russia.
 
1951- Mickey Mantle hits his first home run in the Major Leagues.
 
1951- Minnie Minoso becomes the first African-American to play baseball for the Chicago White Sox.
 
1941 - The movie Citizen Kane, directed by and starring Orson Welles, premieres in New York
 
1931-In New York City, the Empire State Building opens to the public.
 
1920- Babe Ruth hits his first home run as a Yankee -- against his former team, the Boston Red Sox.
 
 

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This Day In Rock 4/30/13
2004- Sammy Hagar opens his first Cabo Wabo Cantina in the United States at the Harveys Resort and Casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Among those who join him for the festivities are Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead, Ted Nugent and country singer Toby Keith.
 
2003 - Virginia passes a law to end the sending or receiving of unsolicited commerical E-mail (spam) to or from the state.
 
2002- Two home recordings by John Lennon sell for nearly 200-thousand dollars at Christie's auction house in London, while a comic strip he wrote for his school paper brings in more than 47-grand.
 
2001- The D-E-A calls on the makers of pain-killers to curb the distribution of Oxy-Contin, a drug blamed for more than 100 fatal overdoses.
 
2000- In a gay rights parade in Washington, hundreds of thousands celebrate the progress of the gay rights movement and press for legislation against hate crimes. 
 
1997 - Two-time heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe retires from boxing.
 
1993 - English guitarist and producer Mick Ronson, who worked with David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Hunter/Ronson, Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue and The Rich Kids, dies of liver cancer at age 46.
 
1983- Chicago blues pioneer Muddy Waters dies of a heart attack at age 68.
 
1982 -The Steve Miller Band records "Abracadabra."
 
1978 -The Clash, X-Ray Spex and the Tom Robinson Band perform at a Rock Against Racism rally in London.
 
1977 - The Steve Miller Band releases "Jet Airliner." It becomes his third consecutive Top 10 single after "Rock 'n Me" and "Fly Like an Eagle."
 
1971 - The New York Times reports that promoter Bill Graham will close the Fillmore East in May.
 
1965- Bob Dylan begins the UK tour that is filmed for the documentary film Don't Look Back.
 
1965- The Kinks begin their first headlining tour of the UK, with The Yardbirds as the opening act.
 
1964 - The Beatles get a 140-thousand dollar royalty check for the four months since Beatles brand chewing gum went on sale. The Beatles endorsed several snack and candy products when they first came to America. Besides Beatles brand chewing gum, Hood, a large New England dairy company, manufactured a "Beatle Krunch Coated Ice Cream Bar" in 1964.
 
1789- George Washington takes office in New York as the first president of the United States.
 
 

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This Day In Rock 4/29/13
2007- Iran bans Western haircuts and eyebrow plucking for men.
 
2007- The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California comes to a close with reunion performances by Rage Against the Machine and Crowded House.
 
1999 - Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee announces he is leaving the band to work on his new project, Methods of Mayhem. The band will replace Lee with ex-Ozzy Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo.
 
1990- The destruction of the Berlin Wall begins.
 
1988 - Burt Reynolds marries Loni Anderson.
 
1988- Eric Clapton files for divorce from Patti ("Layla") Boyd.
 
1980 - Bob Seger's Against the Wind album is certified gold. It will top the chart for six weeks and yield four Top 40 hits.
 
1977- Fleetwood Mac performs "Dreams" and "Go Your Own Way" on The Midnight Special.
 
1976-After playing a Memphis show, in which "Knock on Wood" singer Eddie Floyd joined him onstage, Bruce Springsteen jumps the fence at Graceland in hopes of meeting Elvis Presley. He is stopped by guards who lead him away without visiting The King, even after the Boss tells them he's appeared simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek.
 
1975 - The American embassy in Vietnam is evacuated as North Vietnamese forces fight their way into Saigon.
 
1974- President Nixon announces he will release edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings relating to the Watergate scandal.
 
1973- More than 80 people, including 28 policemen, are hurt and 50 arrests are made when police fire tear gas canisters into a crowd attempting to enter a Stockton, California concert by Elvin Bishop, Canned Heat, Buddy Miles and Fleetwood Mac.
 
1972 - New York mayor John Lindsay says he will help John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their fight to remain in the United States.
 
1970 - In London, George Harrison says The Beatles will eventually reunite and announces plans for his first post-Beatles solo album.
 
1970 - U-S and South Vietnamese forces invade Cambodia.
 

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