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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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