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Charles Austin, of Concord, New Hampshire, USA, receives a patent for a 'Melodeon Reed' melodeon, a small reed organ, with a treadle-operated bellows to draw air through the reeds.
Thomas Edison is granted several patents in connection with his invention of an automatic determining device for phonographs.
Thomas Edison is granted a patent, No 448,781, in connection with his invention of a Turning-Off Device For Phonographs.
On behalf of sound recording pioneer Emile Berliner, young recording engineer Fred Gaisberg sets sail on the liner Umbria from New York City, USA, for Liverpool, UK, where he hopes to promote Berliner's products and ideas. He will join The Gramophone Company as its first recording engineer.
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A phonograph concert is held in the Baptist Church, Syracuse, New York State, USA, at 7:30 o
Albert Leech of Arlington, New Jersey, USA, files a patent application for his invention of an improved type of whistle which, he claims, will "improve the tone quality and convert a single-tone whistle into an instrument having a range of two or more octaves, and, furthermore, to construct the same so that it may be mastered by unskilled persons, without practice, to reproduce any familiar air or melody".
Henry Pinon Ball of New York City, USA, files a patent for his invention of an improved type of Tracker-Board for Mechanical Musical Instruments.
The Music News section of The Sunday Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, USA, declares that "Many a home has doubly enjoyed their player piano and talking machine these unpleasant evenings. What greater entertainment, to say nothing of the educational value, can be had than with a modern player piano or an up-to-date Grafonola or Victrola?"
The Wichita Eagle reports that The Adams Music Company of Wichita, Kansas, USA, is enlarging its department for selling of player piano rolls and will henceforth carry a stock of 15,000 rolls.
Radio pioneer Fred Christian begins broadcasting records borrowed from music stores from a five-watt transmitter in his Hollywood, California, USA, home. His station has the call letters 6ADZ.
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].
Roy Banks Joseph of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, applies for a US Patent for his invention, The Rolmonica, which is a harmonica played by means of a perforated paper music roll. Once manufactured, it will be advertised as a "veritable pocket-sized jazz band".
The dirigible airship, Graf Zeppelin, on its way from South America to Germany, Europe, via the Chicago World’s fair, flies over Trinidad. Large crowds turn out to see the spectacle of this gigantic flying machine, and the incident inspires calypsonian Attila The Hun to write and record his 1934 song Graf Zeppelin.
Plutonium is first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility, Washington, USA, and will subsequently be used in the Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, Asia. Songs inspired by the creation of plutonium include The Plutonium Song by Malvina Reynolds, Uh-oh Plutonium by Anne Waldman and Plutonium by Alice Chambers.
Fred Meyer is granted U.S. Patent 2533389 for his new neck design for the King Super 20 saxophone. The design, intended to provide more positive sealing and a lighter action, will become the defining characteristicof the Super 20.
A concert by the American Composers Alliance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, USA, introduces Fantasy in Space (flute recordings manipulated on magnetic tape) by Otto Luening, and Sonic Contours (using tape manipulations) by Vladimir Ussachevsky. This is regarded as one of the earliest significant public demonstrations of the potential of electronic music.
A 3-D short feature film, billed as Hollywood's First Musical Featurette In 3-Dimension, starring Nat King Cole, Russ Morgan And His Orchestra and The Mar-Vels, is released by Universal-International to cinemas in the USA.
American scientist Walter Brattain learns that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize for the invention of the transistor. In later years, Brattain will often be heard to say, "The only regret I have about the transistor is its use for rock and roll."
Composition For Synthesizer, the first piece of music specially composed for electronic music synthesiser, is presented by Milton Babbitt at Columbia University, New York City, USA.
It is reported that Vee-Jay Records of Chicago, Illinois, USA, is reducing the price of its stereo releases to match the price of its mono releases. Stereo jazz albums will be cut from $%.98 to $4.98, while pop LPs will be reduced from $4.98 to $3.98. High prices for stereo releases are felt to be restricting sales of those albums.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra and The Count Basie Orchestra, take part in a historic joint-recording session at Columbia Records' 30th Street Studios in New York City, USA. The sessions result in the stereo album First Time! - The Count Meets The Duke, with Ellington's band in the right channel, and Basie's in the left.
The world's first luminous vinyl single, Neon Lights, is released by Kraftwerk in the UK.
A new music-playing device, a CD (compact disc) player, is demonstrated for the first time in Europe.
De La Soul's debut album 3 Feet High And Rising enters the UK album charts, where it will peak at No13.
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Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville, presiding over Michael Jackson's child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA, rules that adult material from Internet sites found on Jackson's computers, is not admissible as prosecution evidence because it may have been automatically stored by the computers and because "there wouldn't be any way of knowing if anyone looked at the material."
ASCAP'S 18th Annual Rhythm And Soul Music Awards ceremony is held at the Beverly Hilton hotel, Beverly Hills, California, USA. Songwriting and production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis scoop the prestigious Heritage Award. Alicia Keys and Jermaine Dupri are songwriters of the year. Ringtone of the year is 50 Cent's In Da Club.
At Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington, USA, Bob Dylan performs live in a one-off webcast concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of internet retailer Amazon.com.
A 'carbon neutral' CD edition of Bob Dylan's classic 1966 album Blonde On Blonde is released in the UK.
The EVH Wolfgang, an allegedly unbreakable guitar designed by Eddie Van Halen and named after his son, makes its public debut at the NAAM Show in Anaheim, California, USA.
The US Department of Justice defends and upholds a $1.92m fine demanded from Minnesota, USA, woman Jammie Thomas-Rasset for illegally downloading 24 songs from a peer-to-peer network.
Cofactor Genomics, a DNA research company based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, announces that it intends to map Ozzy Osbourne's DNA, in an attempt to discover why he has survived so many years of substance abuse.
The term 'Britney Spears Dead? briefly becomes the most popular search term on Google, after rumours of her death begin spreading.
It is announced that Nordic Games will release We Sing Robbie Williams, a karaoke title for Wii that features 25 of Robbie Williams' biggest hits, in October 2010.
EMI Music officially announces the launch of a new Iron Maiden online game, The Final Frontier, as advance promotion for the band's imminent album of the same name.
16-year-old singer Justin Bieber posts Detroit teenager Kevin Kristopik's number on Twitter in retaliation for Kristopik hacking his account. Bieber adds 'Everyone call me :) or text'. Soon after, Kristopik deletes his own personal account.
Charli XCX releases a new single, Nuclear Seasons, on This Is Music Records.
After learning that his 11-year-old stepson, Kyle Glover, is critically ill in hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, following a Jet Ski accident, Usher cancels a live appearance at tonight's ESPY Sports Awards in the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The 2013 YouTube Music Awards, are held at Pier 36, New York City, USA. Artists appearing include Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Lindsey Stirling. Lady Gaga is observed to be crying throughout her performance of Dope. Surprisingly, the show does not attract a huge audience. Throughout the broadcast, the audience hovers around 175,000 simultaneous users, with a peak of 220,000 during Lady Gaga's tearful apprearance. THE MAIN AWARDS ARE :
Artist Of The Year: Eminem
Video Of The Year: Girls' Generation, "I Got A Boy"
YouTube Phenomenon: "I Knew You Were Trouble"
Innovation of the Year: DeStorm, "See Me Standing"
Response Of The Year: Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix, "Radioactive"
Breakthrough Of The Year: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Ed Sheeran Tweets that he has, "Given my whole wardrobe to a bunch of charity shops. All stuff worn on shoots, videos and live, if you live around Suffolk it might be near you".
Morrissey (apparently) makes his first posting on Twitter with the words, 'Hello. Testing. 1,2,3. Planet Earth, are you there? One can only hope..."
Miley Cyrus, a self-desribed "infinite cosmic thing", launches her charitable organisation, The Happy Hippie Foundation, with a Facebook-exclusive video session featuring a duet between Cyrus and Joan Jett.
Muse release their seventh album Drones on Warner Bros. Records in Japan, Norway and Sweden.
It is announced that Iron Maiden will launch a new RPG, Legacy Of The Beast, for iOS and Android mobiles.
Norwegian pop-punk quartet Slutface announces that, because of pressure from social media, they have changed their name to Slotface. Under their old name, many social media outlets refused to link to the band.
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Spotify announces that, with over 18m streams, George Harrison's composition Here Comes The Sun is the most popular song by The Beatles on the service. The next five are Yesterday, Come Together, Let It Be, Hey Jude and I Want To Hold Your Hand.
In the wake of her Twitter posting which states that, "I've only ever been sexually assaulted by white males", Lily Allen becomes embroiled in a heated social media feud with former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson who berates her as a "f***ing idiot". Miss Allen's views clearly struck a nerve with the extreme white racist elements who saw her posting.
As part of the advance promotion for their upcoming Global Spirit Tour, Depeche Mode appear at Telekom Streetgigs at The Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany, Europe. Deutsche Telekom broadcasts the concert live on their website and on YouTube and there is also a 360-degree Livestream and the concert is broadcast worldwide on Twitter.
Ed Sheeran announces on social media that despite many rumours, he has no plans to quit the music industry.
Taylor Swift announces that she will launch a new app, The Swift Life, later in the year.
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