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The SS Great Eastern, designed by legendary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is launched on the River Thames, London, England, UK, Europe. The largest ship ever built, it was designed to be able able to circumnavigate the globe carrying four thousand passengers without refueling. The song Oh Wot A Big One! (1975) by Jonathan Hodge, tells the story of The SS Great Eastern.
The Cabaret Follies, produced by jazz band leader Jack Hylton, is presented at The Queen's Hall Roof, London, UK.
John Sellers is born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. He will find success as the folk, blues, jazz and gospel singer and songwriter Brother John Sellers.
Gospel and soul recording artist Roscoe Robinson is born in Dumont, Arkansas, USA.
Judy Garland performs They Can't Take That Away From Meand Got A Pair Of New Shoes on radio show Ben Bennie And All The Lads in the USA.
Stuart MacIntosh is born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He will find success as drummer, songwriter and vocalist Stuart Tosh, working with bands including Pilot, The Alan Parsons Project, 10cc and Camel.
The Tommy Whittle Quintet records Flamingo, Stars Fell On Alabama, Cherokee, I'll Remember April, You've Done Something To My Heart and A Ghost Of A Chance for Esquire Records in London, UK.
The Lionel Hampton Orchestra plays at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Graham Bond Quartet plays at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England, UK.
Rhythm And Blues Incorporated play at The Oasis Club, Lloyd Street, Manchester, UK, supported by The Factotums.
Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders enter the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA with The Game Of Love which will peak at No1.
The Hollies release a new single, Here I Go Again, in the UK.
The Swinging Blue Jeans play at The Jungfrau, Manchester, UK.
Herman's Hermits play at The Memorial Colseum, Portland, Oregon, USA.
The Steam Packet play at The Manor Lounge, Wellington Road South, Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, UK. The group includes Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll.
Freddie And The Dreamers are playing during a season at The Queen's Theatre, Blackpool, England, UK.
Freddie And The Dreamers open in the pantomime Aladdin at The Palace Theatre, Manchester, UK, with Des O'Connor and The Barry Sisters.
The Alan Bown Set play at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England, UK.
Massachusetts by The Bee Gees reaches No1 in the pop singles chart, Tio i topp, in Sweden, Europe.
Pink Floyd play at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK.
Curved Air, Jon Lord And Friends, Sandy Denny, Audience and Renaissance play in a Benefit Concert in aid of Cyrenians, at Alexandra Palace, London, UK. Barclay James Harvest are billed to appear as 'Special Guest Stars", but crowd problems cause the concert to overrun and they are squeezed out of the schedule.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play the first of two nights at Belle Vue, Manchester, England, UK.
World In Motion by New Order enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No1.
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Ocean Colour Scene play at The Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon.
Starsailor begin their first tour of the USA at The Paradise, Boston, Massachusetts.
Lulu stars in the UK tv presentation An Audience with Lulu. Elton John, Sting, Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees, Ronan Keating of Boyzone and Samantha Mumba appear as her guests, and sing duets with her.
Muse release the album Hullaballoo Soundtrack in the UK on Taste/Mushroom Records. On the same day, Oasis release their fifth album Heathen Chemistry on Big Brother Recordings in the UK.
Oasis play at The Astoria Theatre, London, England, UK.
Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Maximo Park, Motley Crue, Feeder, Garbage, Helmet, In Extremo, Phantom Planet, Slayer, Sonic Youth, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Chemical Brothers, The Hives, Tocotronic and Towers of London play on the second day of Rock Am Ring, Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany, Europe.
Oasis play at Festival Pier, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud, Gary Barlow of Take That and Ronan Keating of Boyzone complete a fund-raising climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa. The climb, in aid of the British charity Comic Relief, raises $1.96m [£1.4m]
Chris Sievey, creator of bizarre and much-loved pop parody character Frank Sidebottom reveals he is suffering from cancer.
Pendulum play at The Oasis Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, begins a five-date UK tour with a show at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK.
The 31st BRIT Awards event is held at The O2 Arena in London, UK. The big winners are Tinie Tempah and Arcade Fire, with two wins each, and there are live performances by Rihanna, Take That, Mumford And Sons, Arcade Fire and others, but the night belongs to Someone Like You performed by Adele with a simple piano accompaniment. Her performance will rack up over 50m YouTube views and will rocket her to international mega-stardom.
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Guitarist Ralph Towner and trumpeter Paolo Fresu come to the end of a UK tour in support of their ECM Records album Chiaroscuro, with a gig at Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester, UK.
Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra release a new album, The Golden Age Of Song, in the UK on Rhino UK. The album features guest appearances by Jessie J, Tom Jones, Rumer, James Morrison, Paloma Faith, Paul Weller, Joss Stone, Mick Hucknall, Gregory Porter and Ruby Turner.
Imagine Dragons play at The Oasis Liesure Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
On her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2014, Beyonce plays at The O2 Arena, London, UK.
The 1975, blink‐182, Belmondo, Fish!, Ivan And The Parazol, Leander Rising, One Sentence. Supervisor, Punčke, Pál Utcai Fiúk, Road, Tankcsapda and Óriás play on the first day of the seven-day long Sziget Festival, Óbudai-Sziget, Budapest, Hungary, Europe.
North Atlantic Oscillation play at The Soup Kitchen, Manchester, UK.
The Proclaimers release their 10th studio album, Let’s Hear It For The Dogs, on Cooking Vinyl records in the UK. To promote the album they appear on the BBC1 tv show Breakfast, in Salford Quay, Manchester, UK.
Kathryn Williams plays at The Burgess Foundation, Manchester, England, UK.
On their From The Cradle To The Grave tour, Squeeze play at The City Hall, Sheffield, England, UK, with their 'very special guest' Dr John Cooper Clarke.
Imagine Dragons play at Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK.
On a tour in support of his third album, Gilded, Blair Dunlop plays at The Place, Bedford, England, UK.
Robbie Williams plays a New Year's Gig at Westminster Central Hall, London, England, UK, Europe. During the show, Williams is seen cleaning his hands with sanitising fluid after touching fans from the stage. This incident will lead to criticism suggesting that the singer considers his audience to to be somehow unclean.
On their Revolution Radio tour, Green Day play at Manchester Arena, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.