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Eleanora Gough, better known to the world as jazz and blues vocalist Billie Holiday, is born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Holiday's music will transcend generations and cultures, making an impact on music-lovers across the globe. In 1988, U2 will release the single Angel Of Harlem, which is inspired by Holiday's voice and her life.
Paul McGuinness, the son of a Royal Air Force officer, is born in Rintein, West Germany, Europe. He will find international fame as the manager of U2.
The last and worst of three disasters, an underground earthquake, strikes the Springhill coal mine in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada, killing 75 miners and devastating the town. The incident will inspire Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger to write the song Springhill Mining Disaster, which will be recorded by Martin Carthy, The Dubliners, Peter, Paul And Mary, Julie Felix, Barbara Dickson, U2 and others.
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Tony Orlando releases a new single, At The Edge Of Tears, on Epic Records in theUSA.
Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere marries Salvatore Bono in a hotel room in Tijuana, Mexico. Or to put it another way, Sonny And Cher get married. They conduct the wedding ceremony themselves.
The Steam Packet play at Redcar Jazz Club, England, UK. The band includes Long John Baldry, Brian Auger, Rod Stewart and Julie Driscoll.
Yes release the album Close To The Edge on Atlantic Records.
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U2 are signed to a recording contract by Island Records, allegedly in the ladies' toilet at The Lyceum Ballroom, London.
U2 begin a UK tour at the Hope & Anchor, Islington, London.
U2 begin a weekly residency at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK.
U2 release a new single, New Year's Day, in the UK.
U2's Unforgettable Fire tour plays at the Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany, Europe.
U2 sell out Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Bono of U2 records a track, Silver And Gold, for the anti-apartheid Sun City album with Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones on guitars, at Right Track Studio, New York City, USA.
The single Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid is released. Organised by Little Steven Van Zandt, the artists involved include Bob Dylan, U2 and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
U2 release their fifth album, The Joshua Tree, on Island Records.
When U2 play a concert in the Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA, Bob Dylan makes a guest appearance, singing I Shall Be Released and Knockin' On Heaven's Door.
The album The Joshua Tree by U2 is certified as a four-times platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
In the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, New York City, USA, songwriting team Carole King and Gerry Goffin are inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame. Graham Nash inducts The Kinks. Phil Spector inducts The Platters. A brief live performance by The Who is included in the ceremony, and they are inducted into the Hall of Fame by Adam Clayton of U2.
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Martin Hannett, producer of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and U2, dies of heart attack in Manchester, UK.
Junior's Place, a celebrated juke joint in Chulahoma, Mississippi, USA, burns to the ground. Jumior's had been opened (and run for many years) by blues guitarist, songwriter and singer Junior Kimborough. It attracted blues fans and musicians from all over the world, including members of U2, The Rolling Stones and The Black Keys.
The John Lennon Museum is opened in the Saitama Super Arena, Japan. On the same day, Bono of U2 guest-edits the French newspaper Liberation.
U2 play at Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, Los Angeles, California, USA.
U2 play at the Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
U2, Razorlight and Soundtrack Of Our Lives play at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
U2 play at The Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany, Europe, supported by Keane and The Zutons.
Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is named Songwriter Of The Year at the ASCAP Awards in London. His song First Cut Is The Deepest, written in 1969, is chosen as Song Of The Year.
Construction of The Claw, a gigantic metal structure intended for use on U2's upcoming 360 Degree Tour is underway in the yard of Stageco, Werchter, Belgium.
On their 360 Degree tour, U2 play the second of two nights at the Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, supported by Snow Patrol.
On their 360 Degree tour, U2 play the first of two nights at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by Muse.
Following surgery to his spine, caused by an injury while rehearsing in Munich, Germany, Europe, Bono of U2 is discharged from hospital and begins eight weeks of recuperation.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, supported by Snow Patrol. Prior to the show local police arrest activists from human rights group Amnesty International.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play in the Athens Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece, Europe, supported by Snow Patrol.
Spider-Man : Turn Off the Dark, a Broadway musical with songs by U2's Bono and The Edge, faces harsh criticism on its first night of previews at The Foxwoods Theatre, New York City, USA. With production costs estimated at $65m (£42m) it is said to be the most expensive Broadway production in history.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play the second of two nights in ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, supported by Jay-Z.
During a UK tour in support of their ECM Records album Chiaroscuro, guitarist Ralph Towner and trumpeter Paolo Fresu play at The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, UK.
Bono of U2 is in Washington DC, USA, taking part in talks about the preservation of federal aid for Africa.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at The Hippodrome de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, supported by Interpol.
Bono of U2 joins the Soweto Gospel Choir in St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa, the day before Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday to sing a birthday tribute for the retired archbishop.
On their Closer To The Edge tour, 30 Seconds To Mars play the second of two nights at The Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, USA.
While Bono of U2 is flying from Dublin, Ireland, Europe, to Berlin, Germany, a rear door (tailgate) on his private Learjet 60 D-CGEO falls off at 8,000ft over the German coast. Luggage belonging to Bono and his companions also fell out. One hour Bono later, meets with Germany's development minister Gerd Mueller at his ministry in Berlin to discuss overseas aid projects.
On the first night of U2's Innocence And Experience tour, guitarist The Edge mis-judges location of, er, the edge of the stage in Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and tumbles into the pit. He escapes with only minor injuries to his arm.
On their Innocence And Experience tour, U2 play the first of four nights at Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
On their Innocence And Experience tour, U2 cancel tonight's gig at Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, after a man claiming to be an off-duty police officer is discovered carrying a gun in the venue.
On their Innocence And Experience tour, U2 play the last of four nights at Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. (This show has been re-scheduled from two days earlier, because a man was found carrying a gun in the venue.)
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the second of two nights at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by The Lumineers.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at The Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany, Europe, supported by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at The US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, supported by Beck.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the third of four nights at Estadio Nacional de Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America, supported by Noel Gallagher's High FLying Birds.