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This Day In Rock 3/22/13

2005- John Mellencamp starts his Words and Music tour in Savannah, Georgia.
 
2004- Van Halen announce that they are reuniting with Sammy Hagar for a summer tour.
 
1999- Metallica and Ted Nugent announce their plans for a big Y-2-K show at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
 
1997- Tara Lipinski, two months shy of her 15th birthday, becomes the youngest women's world figure skating champion.
 
1988 - Congress overrides President Ronald Reagan's veto of a sweeping civil rights bill.
 
1980- The Jam's "Going Underground" becomes the first single since Gary Glitter's "I Love You Love Me Love" in 1973 to enter the UK charts at number-one.
 
1978- The Police sign with A&M Records.
 
1978- The Rutles "mockumentary," All You Need Is Cash, starring Eric Idle and Neil Innes, with cameos by Mick Jagger and George Harrison, airs for the first time on NBC TV.
 
1974- The Eagles release their third album, On the Border.
 
1972 - The Equal Rights Amendment is passed by Congress.
 
1971 - Congress approves the 26th amendment to the Constitution, which lowers the voting age to 18.
 
1969- Two days after being married in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono start their first "bed-in for peace" in the presidential suite of the Amsterdam Hilton.
 
1968- The Doors play the Fillmore East in New York.
 
1965- Bob Dylan releases Bringing It All Back Home.
 
1963- The Beatles' first album, Please Please Me, is released in Great Britain on the Parlophone label.
 
1935- Persia is renamed Iran.
 
1917- The United States recognizes Russia's new Communist government.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 3/20/13

2008 - The Eagles begin a world tour in support of Long Road Out of Eden with the first of five nights at London's O-2 Arena.
 
2003- The war in Iraq begins as the United States launches operation Iraqi Freedom. The pre-dawn air strike targets Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi leaders in Baghdad.
 
1996- The British government says a disease that killed 10 people is linked to "mad cow disease."
 
1995- A poisonous gas attack takes place on a Tokyo subway
 
1994- Concerned friends of Kurt Cobain hold a five-hour "tough love intervention" at his Seattle home.
 
1991- Eric Clapton's four-year-old son Conor falls to his death from a 53rd story apartment window in New York. The tragedy inspires "Tears in Heaven," that appears on his 1998 Pilgrim album.
 
1990- The L-A Lakers retire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's number, 33.
 
1990- Boston's Tom Scholz wins a $20-million lawsuit filed against him by C-B-S Records for allegedly breaching a contract that stipulated he deliver 10 albums in five years. 
 
1976 - Patty Hearst is convicted of robbery.
 
1972- Ringo Starr releases his second Top 10 single, "Back Off, Boogaloo," produced by George Harrison.
 
1971- Janis Joplin gets a posthumous number-one as "Me and Bobby McGee" tops the Billboard chart.
 
1969- John Lennon and Yoko Ono marry in Gibraltar at 9:00 a-m after being refused permission to do so in Paris (because neither had lived there long enough). They also failed in their attempt to hold the ceremony aboard the ferry from England to France. Registrar Cecil Wheeler officiates at the wedding.
 
1968 - Eric Clapton and Buffalo Springfield's Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Messina, are arrested in Los Angeles for "being at a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used." Clapton is later found innocent, while the others pay small fines for the misdemeanor.
 
1967 - The Beatles' "Penny Lane" is certified gold.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 3/19/13

2001- Aerosmith, Queen, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Ritchie Valens, Solomon Burke, The Flamingos and pianist Johnnie Johnson are inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
 
1999- Johnny Carson, 73, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery.
 
1998 - Major League Baseball approves Rupert Murdoch's purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers for a reported $350 million.
 
1988 - The Cult's drummer, Les Warner, quits when the rest of the English group moves to Los Angeles.
 
1982- Ozzy Osbourne Band guitarist Randy Rhoads, 25, dies after the pilot of a small airplane he's in flies low to buzz Osbourne's tour bus, then fails to regain height and crashes in a nearby woods.
 
1981 - Paradise Theater by Styx is certified platinum.
 
1977 - The last first-run episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show airs.
 
1976 - Former Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain dies of a drug overdose. He had been "asked" to leave the band a year earlier due to his drug problem.
 
1974- Paul Kantner and Grace Slick began their first tour as Jefferson Starship, with Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Craig Chaquico and Papa John Creach rounding out the lineup.
 
1968- Are You Experienced? by The Jimi Hendrix Experience is certified gold.
 
1964- The Beatles take a lunchtime break from filming A Hard Day's Night to accept the Show Business Personalities of the Year award from British Prime Minister Harold Wilson at London's Dorchester Hotel.
 
1964- Sean Connery begins shooting his role as "James Bond" in Goldfinger.
 
1962 - Bob Dylan's self-titled debut album is released.
 
1953- The Academy Awards are broadcast on television for the first time.
 
1931- Alka Seltzer first hits U-S shops.
 
1931- Nevada legalizes gambling.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 3/18/13

2002 - The 17th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Talking Heads, The Ramones, Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee and Gene Pitney are the inductees.
 
2001- John Phillips, who sang, played guitar and wrote songs for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Mamas and the Papas, dies of heart failure in Los Angeles at 65.
 
2000- AC/DC make their first US network television appearance in over two decades when they perform on Saturday Night Live.
 
1994- The Rolling Stones announce that a former Sting sideman, bassist Darryl Jones, will replace Bill Wyman on the upcoming Voodoo Lounge album.
 
1978- The California Jam II festival is held in Ontario, California. A quarter of a million fans see Santana, Heart, Bob Welch, Aerosmith, Dave Mason and Ted Nugent.
 
1977- The Clash release their first single, "White Riot" backed with "1977," in the UK.
 
1977- The Eagles play New York's Madison Square Garden. Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood joins them for the encore.
 
1975 - The movie Tommy has its U-S debut at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and Elton John head the cast of the film version of the rock opera.
 
1970- Country Joe McDonald is convicted of obscenity and fined 500 dollars for leading the audience at a Massachusetts concert in "The Fish Cheer."
 
1969- John Lennon and Yoko Ono are on the cover of Look magazine, with the caption "Beatle John and his girlfriend join forces and POW!" Inside, in dramatic contrast, there's an eight-page insert featuring the clean-cut Cowsills and recipes for milk-based party drinks (sponsored by the American Dairy Association).
 
1968- The Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the U-S, three days after putting it on sale in England.
 
1967 - "Penny Lane" becomes The Beatles' 13th number-one hit in America.
 
1965- Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman urinate on the wall of an English gas station after being denied permission to use the restroom. They are charged with "insulting behavior," tried and fined five pounds and court costs each.
 
1931 - Schick markets the first electric razor.
 
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