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Astronomer Sir Edmund Halley first sees the celestial voyager which will come to be known as Halley's Comet. Songs inspired by Halley's Comet include Halley's Comet by Phish, Second Chance by Shinedown, and Halley's Comet by Gathering Time.
Drummer Mitch Mitchell plays his last gig with Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames at the Grand Gala du Disque, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe. He will go on to join the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
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Bruce Barthol is born in Berkeley, California, USA. He will find success as bass guitarist of 60s San Francisco hippy band Country Joe And The Fish.
Edwin Shirley is born in Cranbrook, Kent, England, UK, Europe. He will find success as a rock'n'roll trucking pioneer whose fleet of vehicles will transport equipment for artists including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Abba, Queen and Michael Jackson.
Randolph Craig Wolfe is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find fame as Randy California, guitarist and leader of cult psychedelic combo Spirit.
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In San Francisco, California, USA, beat poet Allen Ginsberg writes his poem Lysergic Acid.
The Beatles play at The Town Hall, Litherland, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Roland Jaime Orzabal de la Quintana, better known as Roland Orzabal of Tears For Fears, is born in Havant, near Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK, Europe.
Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles set off to hitch-hike from Liverpool, England, UK, to Paris, France, Europe, to celebrate Lennon's imminent 21st birthday.
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We Love You, the new single by The Rolling Stones, is released in the UK and USA simultaneously.
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Another Beatles Christmas Show continues at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK. as well as The Beatles, the show features Freddie And The Dreamers, Sounds Incorporated, Elkie Brooks, The Yardbirds and The Mike Cotton Sound.
Jokers Wild, a group including guitarist David Gilmour, later to join Pink Floyd, plays at The Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge, England, UK.
The Dave Clark Five, Martha And The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Them, The Yardbirds, Bobby Vee and Dave Berry appear live on UK tv show Ready, Steady, Go! at Television House, Kingsway, London, UK.
The Yardbirds play at The Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells, England, UK.
In London's rock star hang-out, The Scotch Of St James, tonight are George Harrison of The Beatles, one-hit wonder Ian Whitcomb and Kit Lambert, manager of The Who.
The Beatles release a new EP, Beatles For Sale (No2), in the UK.
In his Carnaby Street, London, England, UK, offices, rock manager Don Arden offers The Small Faces a management contract, giving them the option of a weekly wage or a percentage of profits.
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EMI Engineer Norman Smith offers The Beatles a song at Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK. Smith will later enjoy a briefly successful pop career under the name Hurricane Smith.
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The Yardbirds play at The Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, UK.
Tom Paxton, Judy Collins and The Incredible String Band play at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England, UK.
The Doors play the third of five nights at The Matrix, San Francisco, California, USA.
A UK silver disc is awarded to the hit single Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles.
8. The Beatles manager Brian Epstein sends a telegram to avant-garde German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen asking again for confirmation in writing of his permission to use his photograph on the cover of their next album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Vanilla Fudge play the first of four nights at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC, USA, supported by Lothar And The Hand People and The Fallen Angels.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, The Nice, Eire Apparent and The Outer Limits play at Colston Hall, Bristol, UK. At this gig, Hendrix is seen by K.K. Downing, later to play guitar for Judas Priest.
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Hearts And Flowers, with producer Nick Venet, record Ode To A Tin Angel in Los Angeles, California, USA. The band includes Bernie Leadon, who will find greater success as a member of The Eagles.
The highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, is Words by The Bee Gees entering at No67.
The Mark Wirtz Orchestra completes recording of (He's Our Dear Old) Weatherman, in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
BBC radio show Top Gear gives Bob Dylan's long awaited and as yet unreleased album, John Wesley Harding, its first airplay. Pink Floyd also appear on this show, playing four live tracks.
Jason Crest play at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Because of his 1968 drug conviction, John Lennon of The Beatles' 'standing visa' is withdrawn by the US Embassy in London, England, UK, Europe.
Jefferson Airplane play at Graffiti, Aurora, Illinois, USA.
Get Back by The Beatles, with Billy Preston on organ, spends the first of five weeks at No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. On the same day it also goes to No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, and in the Canadian Singles Chart.
Pink Floyd play at The Debating Hall, Birmingham University, Edgbaston, Warwickshire, UK.
The Incredible String Band plays at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
120,000 fans see Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Tears For Fears and Elton John at The Silver Clef Award Winners Concert at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, England, UK.
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman record Fair Ellender at Dawg Studios, Mill Valley, California, USA.
The Grateful Dead play at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, USA.
The Grateful Dead play at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Roger Waters releases the 2-CD set The Wall - Live In Berlin, on Mercury Records in Japan, Asia.
Porcupine Tree play at Intersection, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Billy Corgan releases a new album, The Future Embraces, in the UK on WEA Records. The album features a guest appearance by Robert Smith of The Cure, performing backup vocals on a version of To Love Somebody by The Bee Gees.
It is announced that with 1,322 weeks logged on the UK album chart, Queen has overtaken The Beatles as the UK's most successful chart act.
Love play at The Phoenix, Exeter, England, UK.
Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks play at McNear's Mystic Theater, Petaluma, California, USA.
The first day of The Ashton Court Festival at Ashton Court, Bristol, England, UK, is headlined by Super Furry Animals.
On his Dark Side Of Moon Live tour, Roger Waters plays the second of two nights at The O2 Arena, UK.
Steve Lage, former bassist of psychedelic 60s East Bay area band The Savage Resurrection dies aged 62 in Oakland, California, USA.
Peter Stampfel plays at The Hideout, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On The Wall Tour 2013, Roger Waters plays at The Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany, Europe.