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Prog Rock

While striking miners are enjoying a Christmas Party in The Italian Hall, Calumet, Michigan, USA, a mass panic is caused when someone shouts 'Fire!'. In the ensuing rush for the doors, seventy-three people are trampled to death, fifty-nine of them children. The horrific tragedy, known as The Italian Hall Disaster, will be recorded in Woody Guthrie's 1941 song, 1913 Massacre.
Steve O'Rourke, who will become the manager of Pink Floyd in 1968, is born in Willesden, London, England, UK.
Steve Gould, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of prog-rock band Rare Bird is born in Battersea, London, UK.
John Giddings is born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, UK. He will become one of the world's most successful music agents and promotors, responsible for tours by artists including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Genesis, Celine Dion, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.
Bob Dalton, drummer of 80s prog-rock hit-makers It Bites, is born in Egremont, Cumbria, UK.
Jokers Wild, a group including guitarist David Gilmour, later to join Pink Floyd, plays at Les Jeux Interdits, The Victoria Ballroom, Cambridge, England, UK.
The Festival of Music - a free event - is held at The Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA, headlined by The Association and The Animals, and also featuring The Who, The Everly Brothers and Sopwith Camel.
Jethro Tull play at The Speakeasy, London, England, UK, ERurope.
Pink Floyd have a recording session in Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe, working on Corporal Clegg, The Boppin' Sound, It Should Be So Nice, Doreen's Dream (re-titled Julia's Dream), Richard's Rave Up.
Jethro Tull play at The Cromwellian, London, England, UK, Europe.
In the early hours of the morning, The Rolling Stones complete filming of their ill-fated tv special, Rock'n'Roll Circus, at Intertel Studios, Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe. Guests include John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, Mitch Mitchell and The Who.
Deep Purple play in Queen's Hall, Barnstaple, UK.
Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple marries German dancer Barbel Hardie in Acton, West London, UK.
Pink Floyd play at the AFAN Festival of Progressive Rock in AFAN Lido Indoor Sports Centre, Port Talbot, South Wales, supported by Fairport Convention, Sam Apple Pie and East Of Eden.
Hawkwind play at The Speakeasy, London, UK.
Yes play at The Farx Club, Southall, London, England, UK.
Yes play at The Van Dike Club, Plymouth, UK.
The Spirit Of John Morgan play at University College, London, England, UK, Europe.
Emerson, Lake And Palmer (aka ELP) release their eponymous debut LP in the USA. The album's striking cover art is by English painter Nic Dartnell.
Lee Kerslake, formerly drummer with The Gods, joins Uriah Heep, replacing their departed sticksman Iain Clarke.
Black Sabbath begin a UK tour at Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland, supported by Badger and Necromandus.
The BBC Year of the Child Concert is staged at Wembley Arena, London, UK, featuring Wishbone Ash, Cat Stevens, Gary Numan and David Essex.
Chris Wright, Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry, predicts that cassettes hold the future for the music industry.
Phil Collins plays at Veterans Auditorium, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Marillion release their debut album, Script For A Jester's Tear, in the UK.
A Kentucky school teacher who had been sacked for showing Pink Floyd's film The Wall to her class, loses her appeal for unfair dismissal in the US Supreme Court when the court rules that bad language and sexual content in the film is unsuitable for minors.
Boston, the debut album by Boston, is certified as a ten times platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA and, on the same day, their second album Don’t Look Back is certified as five-times platinum.
Marillion play at Teatro Tenda, Milan, Italy, Europe.
On their Presto tour, Rush play at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Roger Waters (formerly of Pink Floyd) performs an acoustic duet of Wish You Were Here with Eric Clapton and P.P. Arnold during the telethon Tsunami Aid – A Concert Of Hope in the USA.
Styx play at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England, UK.
Muse play at the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Rush play at The Charter One Pavilion At Northerly Island, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rush play at the Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Yes play at Orfeo Superdomo, Cordoba, Argentina, South America.
Muse play the second of two nights at Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia, Oceania, supported by Biffy Clyro.
On his New Blood Tour, Peter Gabriel plays at The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, California, USA.
White Denim play at The Village Underground, London, UK.
Barclay James Harvest, with guests Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman, play at The Brook, Southampton, UK.
Yes play at The Rialto Theatre, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Rock saxophonist Raf Ravenscroft dies at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Devon, UK, aged sixty following a heart attack. He was best-known for playing the sax break in Gerry Rafferty's 1978 hit Baker Street, but also worked with many other top-flight musicians including Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, Pink Floyd and Abba.
Marmozets play at The Electric Ballroom, Camden Town, London, UK.
1970s folk duo Trader Horne re-unite for a 45th Anniversary concert at Bush Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
Tool play the first of two nights at The Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger play at Iron City, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
The Los Angeles Coroner's Office announces that the recent death of Keith Emerson, keyboardist with The Nice and Emerson, Lake And Palmer, was suicide. Emerson was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Santa Monica, California, USA. He suffered for many years with a painful nerve condition, and was thought to have become depressed.
On their Drones World Tour, Muse play the last of six nights at Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy, Europe.
On their Drones World Tour, Muse play the first of two nights at The Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
ONI play at Warsaw, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.