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The stage play R.U.R. [Rossum's Universal Robots], written by Karel Capek, has its first performance, a production by the amateur theatrical society Klicpera in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, Europe. The play is memorable mostly because it marks the first time the word robot is ever used, having been coined by Capek's brother Josef. The word catches on and will inspire others writers, film-makers and song-writers. Memorable songs inspired by robots include Robot Man by Connie Francis [1960], The Robots by Kraftwerk [1978], Are Friends Electric by Gary Numan[1979].
Hansjorg Moroder is born in Groden, Italy, Europe. After moving to Germany he will find succes in the early 1970s as Giorgio Moroder, an electronic pop pioneer, often cited as an influence on Kraftwerk. His electronic productions for artists including Donna Summer will powerfully influence disco music.
Ray Noble And His Orchestra record Harlem Nocturne for Columbia Records in the USA. Theirs is the first recorded version of the song, which will become a jazz standard.
The Who complete a German tour with a gig at The Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf. Support on this gig is local band The Beathovens, which includes Wolfgang Flur, later to become a member of Kraftwerk.
The second day of the Pop And Blues Festival in The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, features Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter, The Keef Hartley Band, Hardin And York, Marsha Hunt, Little Free Rock, Renaissance, Krokodil, Brainbox, Bobbey's Children, Organisation and Kraftwerk.
Organisation, a group including two future members of Kraftwerk, Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider, plays at the Pop And Blues Festival in the Grugahalle, Essen, Germany.
Kraftwerk play at at Gondel Kino, Bremen, Germany. The group, at this point, includes Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger in its line-up.
Electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play at at Gondel Kino, Bremen, Germany. The group, at this point, includes Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger in its line-up, both of whom will carry on into solo careers.
Kraftwerk begin recording the album Kraftwerk 2 at Star Musik Studio, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Kraftwerk complete recording of the album Kraftwerk 2 at Star Musik Studio, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Comet Kohoutek, sometimes called The Comet Of The Century, is first sighted by Czech astronomer Lobos Kohoutek. It will capture the public imagination and inspire such songs as Kometenmelodie [1973] by Kraftwerk, The Tail Of The Comet Kohoutek [1974] by Burl Ives and Kohoutek [1985] by R.E.M.. It is also thought likely that the Paul Simon song St. Judy's Comet is also about the appearance of Kohoutek.
Kraftwerk release their fourth LP, Autobahn, on Philips/Vertigo Records in Europe.
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Kraftwerk play at The Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
The Clash release their eponymous debut album in the UK on the same day that Kraftwerk release their sixth album, Trans-Europe Express.
Kraftwerk release their sixth album, Trans-Europe Express.
The world's first luminous vinyl single, Neon Lights, is released by Kraftwerk in the UK.
Kraftwerk become the first German act to top the UK charts with their re-released single, The Model.
Kraftwerk play at Teatro Tivoli, Bologna, Italy, Europe.
Kraftwerk play in the Apollo, Manchester, UK.
Kraftwerk play in the Apollo, Manchester, England, UK.
Kraftwerk play in the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
During their The Mix tour, Kraftwerk play at The Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Kraftwerk play at the Kurhall Oberlaa, Vienna, Austria.
The Tribal Gathering 1997 festival, a two day event, begins at Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, England, UK, Europe. Artists appearing over the two days include Daft Punk, Faithless, Kraftwerk, Paul Oakenfold, Orbital, Cornershop, GusGus, Fluke, Two Lone Swordsmen and Audioweb.
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The Tribal Gathering 1997 festival, a two day event, concludes at Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, England, UK, Europe. Artists appearing over the two days include Daft Punk, Faithless, Kraftwerk, Paul Oakenfold, Orbital, Cornershop, GusGus, Fluke, Two Lone Swordsmen and Audioweb.
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Kraftwerk play at The 9:30 Club, Washington DC, USA.
It is announced via Kraftwerk's website that the legendary German band's co-founder, Florian Schneider, has left the group after 38 years. No reason is given.
Radiohead begin a South American tour with a gig in Mexico City, supported by Kraftwerk.
Radiohead and Kraftwerk play at Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
Kraftwerk headline the second day of the Bestival at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, UK.
Kraftwerk play at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kraftwerk play at The Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, USA.
Kraftwerk play at Pohoda 2014, Letisko, Trencin, Slovakia, Europe.
Kraftwerk play the first of two nights at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Kraftwerk play the second of two nights at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Kraftwerk play at The Waterfront Hall, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The New Theatre, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Sage Theatre, Gateshead, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Colston Hall, Bristol, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play the first of three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play the second of three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play the last of three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
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