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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].
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 Kings Of Surf Music, The Beach Boys record I Get Around at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA. Intriguingly, I Get Around will give the quintet their first Top Ten hit in the UK where surf culture is virtually unheard of but, even more bizzarely, their fascination with cars and driving will inspire Kraftwerk in 1974 to create the first bona fide electronic rock hit, Autobahn, as a German equivalent of Beach Boys pop.
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.
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.
The contract to design and build Spacelab 1 - a re-useable science laboratory for space flights - is given by the European Space Agency (ESA) to a consortium of companies from eight European countries under the leadership of the German space company ERNO Raumfahrttechnik in Bremen. Kraftwerk's 1978 song Spacelab is a celebration of this major technical step forward. Spacelab will first be launched successfully in 1983 from Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Kraftwerk release their fourth LP, Autobahn, on Philips/Vertigo Records in Europe.
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Kraftwerk play at The Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Elton John releases a new single, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, in the UK. On the same day, Kraftwerk play at The Roundhouse, London, supported by Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
The Clash release their eponymous debut album in the UK on the same day that Kraftwerk release their sixth album, Trans-Europe Express.
Autobahn by Kraftwerk enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA.
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The world's first luminous vinyl single, Neon Lights, is released by Kraftwerk in the UK.
Kraftwerk enter the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA with Numbers.
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.
German electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play the first of two rare London, UK, dates at Brixton Academy.
Drummer Steve Adler files suit in Los Angeles, California, against his former band, Guns N' Roses. He claims that band members pressured him to use heroin and then dropped him after he entered a rehabilitation program. On the same day, German electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play the first of two rare London dates at Brixton Academy.
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.
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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Kraftwerk play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, 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.
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German electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play at The Tate Modern, Camberwell, London, UK.
Kraftwerk play at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kraftwerk play at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kraftwerk play at The Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, USA.
Kraftwerk play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, 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 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 Brighton Centre, Brighton, 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 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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