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This Day In Rock 7/31/13
2007- Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones announces a deal worth more than seven-million dollars to write his autobiography.
 
1998- Nicolas Cage receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
1997 - Bad deal: The Oakland A's trade Mark McGwire to the St. Louis Cardinals.
 
1995 - The Walt Disney Company agrees to buy Capitol Cities, parent of A-B-C and E-S-P-N, for $19 billion.
 
1988 - The last Playboy Club closes.
 
1976 - Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" and Orleans' "Still the One" are released.
 
1972- Chicago receives a gold record for its first number-one album, Chicago V.
 
1971 - The lunar rover vehicle goes for its first manned spin on the surface of the Moon.
 
1971 - The Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter, which focuses on their disastrous Altamont, California concert, opens in London.
 
1971 - The final rehearsal and soundcheck for the next day's Concert for Bangladesh takes place at New York's Madison Square Garden.
 
1970 - To fulfill a contractual obligation, The Rolling Stones hand over the disc C***sucker Blues to Decca Records, freeing them to form Rolling Stones Records.
 
1968 - The Beatles record in London's Trident Studios, where they're able to use an eight-track studio for "Hey Jude." At the time, Abbey Road is only set up for four-track recording.
 
1967 - A London Appeals Court throws out Keith Richards' drug conviction, describing the evidence against him as flimsy, and reduces Mick Jagger's sentence on a related conviction to probation.
 
1965- The Byrds' version of Bob Dylan's "Mister Tambourine Man" begins its second week at number-one in England.
 
1964 - Opening for The Kinks, The High Numbers (a-k-a The Who) play at the Goldhawk Social Club in their west London neighborhood, Shepherd's Bush.
 
1964 - Rioting ends a Rolling Stones concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland after 12 minutes.
 
1961 - The Baseball All Star game ends in a tie for the first time ever when it's rained out in the ninth inning.
 
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This Day In Rock 7/30/13
2002 - Bruce Springsteen releases The Rising, his first studio album with The E Street Band since 1984.
 
2000 - Ted Nugent gets into a fight with an animal rights activist at a Neiman Marcus store in San Francisco.
 
1998 - Buffalo Bob Smith dies of lung cancer at age 80. Smith and his puppet, Howdy Doody, starred in the first television program for children, The Howdy Doody Show, from 1947-1960.
 
1987 - David Bowie's Glass Spider tour opens in Philadelphia.
 
1983- The English Beat announce that they're breaking up, which leads to the formation of General Public and Fine Young Cannibals.
 
1982 - The Atlanta Braves give the boot to mascot "Chief Noc-A-Homa."
 
1975 - Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa disappears.
 
1971 - Two days after its U-S release, George Harrison's "Bangla Desh" single is released in the rest of the world. 
 
1966 - The Who play the Sixth National Jazz & Blues Festival in England. Pete Townshend wears a black tuxedo complete with bowtie for the occasion but still demolishes his Rickenbacker guitar while playing "My Generation" at the end of the set.
 
1966- "Wild Thing" by The Troggs becomes the group's first and only American number-one.
 
1965- President Johnson signs Medicare into law.
 
1963- The Beatles record "All My Lovin'" (in 13 takes), "Please Mister Postman" (in nine), "It Won't Be Long" (in 23 ) and "Roll Over Beethoven" (in eight) at Abbey Road.
 
1960 - In the first American Football League exhibition game, the Boston Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 28-7.
 
1957 - Elvis Presley's second movie, Loving You, opens nationally, three weeks after a world premiere in Memphis.
 
1956- President Eisenhower approves a Joint Resolution of Congress which makes "In God We Trust" the national motto of the United States. The motto has been in continuous use on the penny since 1909, on the dime since 1916 and on all silver dollars, half-dollar coins and quarters since 1908.
 
1928 - George Eastman introduces color movies in the U-S.
 
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This Day In Rock 7/29/13
2007 - Cal Ripken Junior and Tony Gwynn are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in a ceremony attended by a record-smashing crowd of more than 75-thousand in Cooperstown, New York.
 
2007 - Tom Snyder -- the newsman, T-V talk show host and interviewer who presided over the Tomorrow show on N-B-C from 1975 to 1981 -- dies from complications of leukemia at the age of 71.
 
1990 - No-hitters are pitched in both leagues on the same day -- by Fernandeo Valenzuela for the Dodgers and Dave Stewart for the A's.
 
1974 - "Mama" Cass Elliot, the former Mamas and the Papas mainstay, suffers a fatal heart attack in London. The 32-year-old had just wrapped up a two-week engagement at the Palladium.
 
1973 - Led Zeppelin's safe deposit box at the Drake Hotel in New York is robbed of 180-thousand dollars. It is one of the largest cash thefts ever in New York City.
 
1972 - The Supreme Court strikes down the death penalty by a 5-4 vote. It is reinstated in 1976.
 
1968 - The Beatles start recording "Hey Jude" at Abbey Road in London. Over the next four days --with a move to Trident Studios --they produce their longest-running (seven minutes) and most dominant (eight weeks at number-one) single.
 
1968 - The Byrds leave for a concert tour of South Africa, without singer-guitarist Gram Parsons, who refuses to set foot in the country while apartheid still prevails.
 
1967 - The Doors' "Light My Fire" starts a three-week run at number-one in Billboard.
 
1966 - Cream plays its first public show, at a Manchester (England) club called the Twisted Wheel.
 
1965 - The Beatles' second movie, Help!, opens at London's Pavilion Theater nearly a month before its U-S debut.
 
1953 - The Interstate Highway System is born when the Federal Highway Act authorizes the building of more than 42-thousand miles of highway.
 
1946 - Addicted to heroin and alcohol, saxophonist Charlie Parker collapses at a studio session in L-A while recording "Lover Man." He spends the next six months in a state hospital.
 
1938 - The comic strip Dennis the Menace debuts.
 
1925 - Marvin Pipkin patents the frosted light bulb to reduce glare. 
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This Day In Rock 7/26/13
2006 - On the same day his divorce from Pamela Bach is finalized, David Hasselhoff is booted off a plane in London for allegedly being drunk.
 
2002 - Ozzy Osbourne announces he's leaving Ozzfest for three weeks to spend time with his wife Sharon as she battles cancer. System of a Down takes over the headline slot.
 
2000 - A Federal judge issues an injunction against Napster for copyright violations.
 
1986 - Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" goes to number-one in Billboard. So far it's the only chart-topper of his career.
 
1980 - The Rolling Stones' Emotional Rescue reaches number-one in Billboard, where it spends seven weeks.
 
1979 - A revamped version of The Clash's self-titled debut album is released in the United States two years after the original disc's issue in Britain.
 
1977 - With seven dates to go, Led Zeppelin's U-S tour ends abruptly when Robert Plant's six-year-old son Karac dies of a respiratory ailment in England.
 
1977 - Elvis Costello is arrested while performing on the street outside a C-B-S Records meeting at the London Hilton, where he was trying to audition for a recording deal. He would eventually sign with C-B-S.
 
1976 - Ted Nugent's self-titled sixth album goes gold.
 
1975 - The Eagles' One of These Nights becomes the number-one-selling album.
 
1971 - Apollo 15 lands on the Moon.
 
1971 - Rehearsals for the Concert for Bangladesh begin at Nola Sound and the Park Lane Hotel in New York.
 
1948 - Babe Ruth makes his final public appearance, at the New York premiere of The Babe Ruth Story film.
 
1945 - Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of England.
 
1944 - The Army is ordered to integrate its training centers.
 
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This Day In Rock 7/24/13
1990 - A wrongful death trial involving Judas Priest opens in Reno, Nevada. Parents had charged in a lawsuit that the band's Stained Class album contained subliminal messages that drove two teenagers to attempt suicide. The judge eventually clears the group.
 
1984- Terry Bradshaw announces his retirement from pro football.
 
1978 - Billy Martin is fired (for the first of five times) as manager of the New York Yankees.
 
1978- Bob Seger, whose current hit is "Still the Same," is profiled in People magazine.
 
1978- The Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie, a box-office and critical flop starring Peter Frampton, George Burns and The Bee Gees, opens in New York City.
 
1977 - Pete Rose ties the National League's hitting streak record by safely reaching in his 37th straight game.
 
1976- Hall & Oates' "She's Gone" is released.
 
1972- The Rolling Stones --whose new single is "Happy" --perform the first of four shows over three days at Madison Square Garden in New York.
 
1971 - "Get It On" by T-Rex is number-one in Great Britain. The American group Chase already has a song by that title out in the U-S, so the T-Rex single is issued here as "Bang a Gong (Get It On)." It reaches number-10, and is the group's only major American hit.
 
1971- Paul McCartney starts assembling his new band, asking onetime Moody Blues leader Denny Laine to join him in Wings.
 
1969 - After successfully landing on the moon, Apollo 11 returns to Earth.
 
1969- An appeals court upholds Muhammad Ali's conviction for refusing the draft.
 
1969 - Paul McCartney records the demo of "Come and Get It" at Abbey Road. He later gives the song to his Apple Records signing, Badfinger.
 
1967- Jefferson Airplane's second album, Surrealistic Pillow, which contains the Top 10 hits "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," is certified gold.
 
1964 - Police are summoned when a riot breaks out at a Rolling Stones concert in Blackpool, England.
 
1958 - Ted Williams is fined 250-dollars for spitting at Boston Red Sox fans.
 
1938 - Instant coffee is invented.
 
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This Day In Rock 7/23/13
2010 - Kings of Leon cancel their show in St. Louis for one of the strangest reasons ever — pigeon crap. They walk off stage after three songs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater before an announcement is made saying, "Due to concerns over the band's safety, we are canceling the show. Please file out in an orderly fashion."
 
2008 - Will Smith is named the highest-paid actor in Hollywood by Forbes magazine.
 
2002 - Paul McCartney proposes to his girlfriend, Heather Mills, in England. 
 
2000 - Lance Armstrong wins his second Tour de France.
 
1992 - Chicago gets a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
1990 - Metallica's "One" single is certified gold, and Garage Days Re-revisited is certified platinum.
 
1986 - Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London.
 
1984 - Vanessa Williams steps down as Miss America because of nude photos of her published in Penthouse.
 
1982 - Actor Vic Morrow is killed while filming the Twilight Zone movie.
 
1977 - Foreigner's "Cold as Ice" is released.
 
1972 - Badfinger, on the third anniversary of their signing with Apple Records, kick off a week-long engagement at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They alternate sets with the resort's famous "diving horse."
 
1968 - The Beatles' animated Yellow Submarine film is previewed in Look magazine.
 
1967 - Racial violence explodes in Detroit. Seven-thousand National Guardsmen aid police after a night of rioting.
 
1962 - The American communications satellite Telstar makes its first trans-Atlantic transmission, which inspires British record producer Joe Meek to pen "Telstar." The instrumental is recorded later in the week by The Tornadoes and becomes the first record by an English group to top the American singles chart.
 
1955 - Chuck Berry releases "Maybellene" on Chess Records. A month later, it becomes his first hit.
 
1904 - The ice cream cone debuts in St. Louis.
 
1903 - The Ford Motor Company sells its first automobile.
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This Day In Rock 7/22/13
2008 - Christian Bale is questioned for four hours on charges that he assaulted his mother and sister at a hotel in London.
 
2008 - The soundtrack to the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young documentary Deja Vu hits stores.
 
2005 - Director Roman Polanski, still an exile from America for his conviction for having sex with an underaged girl, wins his British libel suit against Vanity Fair for an article that claimed he attempted to pick up women en route to the funeral of his murdered wife Sharon Tate.
 
2001 - Beatles producer George Martin "reportedly" tells a British tabloid George Harrison "knows that he is going to die soon." The next day, a spokesman for Martin says, "We were disgusted and disappointed by the weekend articles...regarding the imminent demise of George Harrison. The reports were unsubstantiated, untrue, insensitive and uncalled for, especially as Mr. Harrison is active and feeling well in spite of health challenges he has had this year. George Martin...has emphatically denied speaking to any newspaper."
 
1991 - Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested.
 
1980 - The Allman Brothers announce that they have signed with Arista Records.
 
1977 - Elvis Costello's first album, My Aim Is True, is released in Britain.
 
1972 - The Who's "Join Together" single is released.
 
1971 - Thirteen days after Jim Morrison's death, The Doors' L-A Woman album is certified gold.
 
1970 - Elton John's self-titled album, which includes "Your Song," is his first U-S release.
 
1969 - Led Zeppelin gets a gold album for its self-titled debut.
 
1968 - The Byrds release their Nashville album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
 
1967 - The Doors make their network T-V debut, lip-synching "Light My Fire" and "Crystal Ship" on American Bandstand. Dick Clark also shows a film clip of The Bee Gees' "New York Mining Disaster 1941."
 
1965 - Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones appear in a London courtroom and are found guilty of "insulting behavior" for urinating against a gas station wall. They are each fined five pounds sterling.
 
1963 - The Beatles' first American album is released. Introducing the Beatles, on the black-owned independent label Vee Jay Records. Six months before the start of the British Invasion, the album sells very few copies--and those later become valued collectibles.
 
1933 - Pilot Wiley Post completes the first solo global airplane flight. 
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This Day In Rock 7/19/13
2002 - Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are on the cover of People magazine.
 
1995 - Elvis Presley's former doctor, Dr. George Nichopoulous ("Dr. Nick"), loses his medical license for being "too liberal" in prescribing addictive drugs.
 
1991 - Former Guns n' Roses drummer Steven Adler files suit against the band, claiming the other members had forced him to use heroin, then made him quit the band while he tried to kick his habit.
 
1989 - Metallica's ...And Justice for All is certified double platinum.
 
1980 - David Bowie makes his theatrical debut playing the title character in The Elephant Man, in Denver. He later reprises the role on Broadway.
 
1980 - Billy Joel gets his first number-one in Billboard, as "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" begins a two-week run on the top of the chart.
 
1976 - Deep Purple breaks up. They'll re-form in 1984.
 
1975 - Paul McCartney has his fourth post-Beatles number-one hit, "Listen to What the Man Said."
 
1974 - The Senate Judicial Committee recommends that President Richard Nixon be impeached.
 
1969 - The Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Women" as a single.
 
1969 - Joe Cocker's With a Little Help From My Friends enters the Top 40. The album features guest appearances by Steve Winwood and Jimmy Page.
 
1965 - The Rolling Stones get a gold record -- their first in the U-S -- for "Satisfaction."
 
1965 - The Beatles release "Help" b/w "I'm Down."
 
1946 - Marilyn Monroe does her first screen test.
 
1909 - Neal Ball of the Cleveland Indians pulls off the 20th century's first unassisted triple play in a game against the Boston Red Sox. The shortstop catches a line drive, touches second base and then tags a runner coming from first. 
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This Day In Rock 7/18/13
2008 - Jay Leno tells U-S-A Today, "I am definitely done next year -- with N-B-C."
 
2005 - James Doohan, who played Star Trek's chief onboard engineer, "Mr. Scott," dies of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 85.
 
2000 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. He is stopped for speeding and then fails to pass a sobriety test. Abdul-Jabbar is the leading scorer in National Basketball Association history at the time.
 
2000 - Two downloadable Led Zeppelin songs ("Rock and Roll" and "All My Love") bring the long-defunct group to the Internet for the first time.
 
1994 - Crayola introduces scented crayons.
 
1988 - A California appeals court upholds a decision to dismiss a case against Ozzy Osbourne and C-B-S Records brought in 1984 by the parents of a teenager who allegedly killed himself after listening to Ozzy's "Suicide Solution."
 
1978 - Def Leppard plays its first public gig, at a school in Sheffield, England. Their five-pound fee is paid out of a teacher's pocket.
 
1978 - Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" is certified gold.
 
1977 - Vietnam joins the United Nations.
 
1974 - The U-S Justice Department orders John Lennon out of the country by September 10. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denies him an extension of his visa because of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge.
 
1970 - Pink Floyd and Deep Purple play a free concert at London's Hyde Park.
 
1969 - Creedence Clearwater Revival, whose current hit is "Bad Moon Rising," perform at the Fillmore East in New York.
 
1969 - The Doors release Soft Parade. The album yields the Top 10 hit "Touch Me."
 
1968 - The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun.
 
1966 - Bobby Fuller dies mysteriously. The singer, who'd hit the Top 10 that winter with "I Fought the Law," is found dead in his car in Los Angeles. Police never identify a suspect or motive or officially declare it a suicide. The case, which has been the subject of a segment on T-V's Unsolved Mysteries, has never been solved.
 
1964 - Pete Rose hits the the only grand slam homer of his career as his Reds top the Phillies 14-3. 
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This Day In Rock 7/17/13
2006 - Pink Floyd's original guitarist Syd Barrett is laid to rest in a private ceremony in his hometown of Cambridge, England. No Floyd members attend. Barrett had died ten days earlier.
 
1996 - Chas Chandler, The Animals bassist who went on to manage and produce The Jimi Hendrix Experience, dies of an aortic aneurysm at age 57.
 
1994 - Elton John and Billy Joel perform the first of two shows at Foxboro Stadium outside Boston.
 
1988 - The Democratic Convention nominates governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusettes for President and Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen for Vice President.
 
1987 - Lynyrd Skynyrd begins a world tour in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
 
1986 - Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards signs a solo deal with Virgin Records.
 
1978 - Slugger Reggie Jackson and feisty manager Billy Martin have a fistfight in the Yankees' dugout.
 
1978 - Fleetwood Mac kicks off a summer tour at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Troy, Wisconsin.
 
1976 - Heart's "Magic Man" single is released.
 
1976 - The Beach Boys, with "Rock and Roll Music," and The Beatles, thanks to the re-release of "Got to Get You Into My Life," are together in the Top 10 for the first time since September 1966.
 
1974 - Bob Gibson joins Walter Johnson as the only pitchers to notch 3,000 strikeouts in the big leagues.
 
1974 - The Moody Blues open their own studio, the first designed for quadraphonic recording, in London.
 
1970 - The Randall's Island Rock Festival begins in New York. The two-day event stars The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Grand Funk Railroad, Jethro Tull, Steppenwolf and others.
 
1967 - Jazz saxophone great John Coltrane dies.
 
1967 - The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" is released in the U-S, 10 days after going on sale in Britain.
 
1965 - "Here Comes the Night," by Them, the Belfast group led by Van Morrison, is released as a single.
 
1955 - Disneyland opens. 
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This Day In Rock 7/16/13
2012 - Deep Purple keyboardist and co-founder Jon Lord dies from a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic where he was being treated for pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
2008 - Out-of-control comic Andy Dick is arrested for allegedly groping and exposing the breasts of a 17-year-old girl in a parking lot outside a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Riverside County, California.
 
2008 - The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood checks back into rehab for alcohol abuse.
 
2005 - Sandra Bullock marries her boyfriend of more than a year, Monster Garage motorcycle mechanic Jesse James, at a ranch near Santa Barbara, California.
 
1997 - A Milwaukee brewery worker is awarded $266 million after being fired for sexual harassment for relaying the plot of a Seinfeld episode to a co-worker.
 
1996 - The Who begin a six-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden, performing Quadrophenia with guest stars Gary Glitter and Billy Idol.
 
1981 - Harry Chapin is killed in a car wreck on New York's Long Island Expressway. The singer-songwriter, best known for "Taxi" and "Cats in the Cradle," was also a tireless worker for hunger-relief charities.
 
1980 - No Nukes, a documentary of the anti-nuclear concerts featuring Jackson Browne, The Doobie Brothers and James Taylor, premieres in New York.
 
1971 - Guitarist Robin Trower leaves Procol Harum for a successful solo career with a strong Jimi Hendrix flavor. The group replaces him with Dave Ball.
 
1971 - The Hollies record "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" at Air Studios in London.
 
1969 - Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the surface of the moon, blasts off.
 
1969 - The Who release "I'm Free" as a single.
 
1967 - In New York, The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays the last date of an ill-conceived tour opening for The Monkees.
 
1966 - Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker form Cream.
 
1964 - The Rolling Stones' "It's All Over Now" becomes their first U-K number-one.
 
1951 - Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger's memorable novel of youthful alienation, is published.
 
1945 - The first atomic bomb is detonated. 
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This Day In Rock 7/17/13
2006 - Pink Floyd's original guitarist Syd Barrett is laid to rest in a private ceremony in his hometown of Cambridge, England. No Floyd members attend. Barrett had died ten days earlier.
 
1996 - Chas Chandler, The Animals bassist who went on to manage and produce The Jimi Hendrix Experience, dies of an aortic aneurysm at age 57.
 
1994 - Elton John and Billy Joel perform the first of two shows at Foxboro Stadium outside Boston.
 
1988 - The Democratic Convention nominates governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusettes for President and Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen for Vice President.
 
1987 - Lynyrd Skynyrd begins a world tour in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
 
1986 - Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards signs a solo deal with Virgin Records.
 
1978 - Slugger Reggie Jackson and feisty manager Billy Martin have a fistfight in the Yankees' dugout.
 
1978 - Fleetwood Mac kicks off a summer tour at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Troy, Wisconsin.
 
1976 - Heart's "Magic Man" single is released.
 
1976 - The Beach Boys, with "Rock and Roll Music," and The Beatles, thanks to the re-release of "Got to Get You Into My Life," are together in the Top 10 for the first time since September 1966.
 
1974 - Bob Gibson joins Walter Johnson as the only pitchers to notch 3,000 strikeouts in the big leagues.
 
1974 - The Moody Blues open their own studio, the first designed for quadraphonic recording, in London.
 
1970 - The Randall's Island Rock Festival begins in New York. The two-day event stars The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Grand Funk Railroad, Jethro Tull, Steppenwolf and others.
 
1967 - Jazz saxophone great John Coltrane dies.
 
1967 - The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" is released in the U-S, 10 days after going on sale in Britain.
 
1965 - "Here Comes the Night," by Them, the Belfast group led by Van Morrison, is released as a single.
 
1955 - Disneyland opens. 
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This Day In Rock 7/15/13
2005 - The 10th Ozzfest kicks off in Mansfield, Massachusetts. It's headlined by Black Sabbath and features Iron Maiden, Mudvayne, Rob Zombie and Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society.
 
2004 - U-2 reveal that a disc containing finished songs for a forthcoming album (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb) vanished from a photo shoot in Nice, France.
 
2000 - Ex-Mike and the Mechanics and Sad Cafe singer Paul Young dies of a heart attack at 53.
 
1994 - Bruce Springsteen performs with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.
 
1992 - Bill Clinton is nominated for president.
 
1989 - Over 200-thousand people attend a free Pink Floyd concert in Venice, Italy. Residents complain about noise, littering and drug use.
 
1987 - Admiral John M. Poindexter, former National Security Adviser, testifies that he authorized the use of Iran arms sales profits to aid the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
 
1978 - The Rolling Stones' Some Girls album, hits number-one.
 
1974 - Elton John, fresh off the huge success of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, signs a then-record contract with M-C-A. It pays the bespectacled superstar eight-million dollars for five albums.
 
1973 - Onstage at a concert in England, Ray Davies announces he's leaving The Kinks. His decision is brought on by exhaustion and the stress of marital problems. He returns to the group within the week.
 
1972 - Elton John's Honky Chateau album hits number-one in Billboard, where it remains for five weeks.
 
1966 - Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead begin a three-night engagement together at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
 
1963 - Elvis Presley starts filming Viva Las Vegas.
 
1958 - John Lennon's mother Julia dies after being hit by a car (driven by an intoxicated off-duty policeman) in Liverpool.
 
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This Day In Rock 7/10/13
2007 - The American League beats the National League, 5-to-4, in baseball's All-Star Game in San Francisco. During the game, Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners hits an inside-the-park homer -- the first in All-Star Game history.
 
1999 - The U-S soccer team beats China for the Women's World Cup 1999.
 
1997 - Camel cigarettes retires the "Joe Camel" advertising image after complaints are raised about the obviously phallic design of its nose.
 
1989 - Cartoon voice legend Mel Blanc dies.
 
1986 - Grateful Dead guitarist and spiritual leader Jerry Garcia lapses into a diabetic coma. He recovers and is released from the hospital a couple of weeks later.
 
1985 - Coca-Cola returns its original formula to the market, calling it "Coke Classic."
 
1984 - 19-year-old Dwight "Doc" Gooden of the New York Mets becomes the youngest player ever to pitch in baseball's All-Star Game.
 
1979 - Chuck Berry is sentenced to four months in prison for income-tax evasion. He was convicted of underpaying the I-R-S by 200-grand in 1973.
 
1976 - Cher has a son, Elijah Blue, with her second husband, Gregg Allman.
 
1971 - The first Bruce Springsteen Band, which consists of some members of a previous group called Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, is unveiled at a college gig in Lincroft, New Jersey.
 
1968 - Eric Clapton announces that Cream will break up following a farewell tour.
 
1965 - The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" hits number-one in the U-S, where it stays for four weeks.
 
1964 - The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night soundtrack album is released in Great Britain, two weeks after it came out in America.
 
1962 - Telstar, the first privately owned (AT&T) satellite, and the first to relay T-V pictures are launched.
 
1913 - The highest temperature ever recorded in the U-S: 134 degrees in Death Valley, California.
 
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This Day In Rock 7/9/13
1995 - The Grateful Dead play their final concert at Chicago's Soldier Field. A month later, Jerry Garcia will suffer a heart attack and die while in drug rehab.
 
1988 - Steve Winwood's Roll With It enters the Top 40. It will eventually climb to number-one on the back of its chart-topping title track.
 
1988 - Cheap Trick get their only number-one single, as "The Flame" goes to the top of the Billboard chart.
 
1983 - The Police's "Every Breath You Take" starts a nine-week run at number-one on the pop chart.
 
1978 - Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton for the heavyweight championship.
 
1977 - KISS's Love Gun and Bob Marley and the Wailers' Exodus both reach the Top 40 of Billboard's album chart.
 
1977 - Elvis Costello quits his day job as a computer operator at an Elizabeth Arden cosmetics factory in England.
 
1974 - Crosby, Stills and Nash start a reunion tour in Seattle.
 
1972 - Grease has its one-thousandth performance on Broadway.
 
1971 - Grand Funk Railroad plays New York's Shea Stadium in a sold-out show with Humble Pie as their opening act.
 
1969 - The Beatles record "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" in John Lennon's first session since his June car crash.
 
1968 - The Doors perform at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas. "Soul Kitchen" opens the show and "Light My Fire" closes it. During that song's extended instrumental, Jim Morrison jumps offstage and offers his microphone to audience members. Several people shout happily into it, but a policeman does not.
 
1964 - The Animals hit number-one in England with "House of the Rising Sun." The single will top the U-S charts two-and-a-half months later.
 
1956 - Dick Clark becomes the host of Bandstand, a local afternoon T-V dance show in Philadelphia. Its tremendous success lands it on the A-B-C network 13 months later.
 
1955 - Bill Haley & His Comets top the Billboard singles chart with "Rock Around the Clock," the first rock and roll song to reach number-one.
 
1948 - African-American pitcher Satchel Paige makes his major league debut at the age of 42.
 
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This Day In Rock 6/27/13

2008 - The Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute concert takes place in London's Hyde Park. The bill includes Queen plus Paul Rodgers, Amy Winehouse, Simple Minds, Joan Baez, Annie Lennox, Will Smith, Leona Lewis andf many others. The show closes with Jerry Dammers of The Specials leading the crowd and all the performers in his group's "Free Nelson Mandela."
 
2007 - Paul McCartney does his third and final "secret" show to promote Memory Almost Full in Hollywood. The gig takes place at Amoeba Music, a large record store, and is witnessed by an audience of hundreds, including Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh.
 
2002 - Bassist John Entwistle of The Who dies in his sleep, the victim of an apparent heart attack, in a Las Vegas hotel room one day before the scheduled beginning of a Who reunion tour. He was 57.
 
2002 - A-B-C airs the last regular episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
 
2001 - Actor Jack Lemmon dies at 76.
 
1989 - The Who performs Tommy in its entirety for the first time in 17 years at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show raises money for a children's charity as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
 
1978 - Peter Gabriel releases his second solo album, which (like the first) is self-titled.
 
1975 - The Rolling Stones wrap up a run of six shows at Madison Square Garden in New York. Carlos Santana joins the group during their encore.
 
1975 - Z-Z Top's Fandango album is certified gold.
 
1971 - The Allman Brothers Band headlines the final concert at the Fillmore East in New York. Mountain, The J. Geils Band and The Beach Boys are also on the bill.
 
1970 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's single of "Ohio," a song written by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State University killings on May 4th, is rush-released.
 
1970 - Pink Floyd premiere the upcoming Atom Heart Mother live at the Bath Festival in Somerset, England.
 
1970 - Queen makes its first public appearance, at a Red Cross charity show in England.
 
1969 - Creedence Clearwater Revival, whose current hit is "Up Around the Bend," play Mile High Stadium in Denver.
 
1969 - On the night following Judy Garland's funeral, police raid the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. The outpouring of resistance to the action effectively begins the gay rights movement.
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