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The Battle Of The Alamo, a thirteen-day siege, begins at The Alamo Mission, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Mexican forces will overwhelm The Alamo on March 6, killing almost all of the defending force. The battle will be immortalised in Tennessee Ernie Ford's 1955 single The Ballad of Davy Crockett, which will spend 16 weeks on the country music charts in the USA, peaking at No4. Also, in 1960, Marty Robbins will release Ballad Of The Alamo, in the USA on Columbia Records which will peak at No34 on the pop chart. In 1965, folk-rock star Donovan joined the ranks of many [Tex Ritter, The Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash etc] who have recorded the Jane Bowers' composition Remember The Alamo. (1836)
The Lyric Trio record Sometime We'll Understand, Unchain The Dogs Of War, The Torpedo And The Whale, Farewell My Own and other songs for Victor records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Battle Of The Somme begins along the upper reaches of the River Somme in France, Europe. It will claim the lives of over 1m men in its five months of fighting. On the first day alone, 20,000 men lose their lives. The battle will inspire several songs including The Battle Of The Somme by The Dubliners (1970) and a different song with the same title by Martin Sweeney (2016).
Allied Forces land at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, Europe. Codenamed Operation Neptune and popularly known as D-Day, this marks the beginning of the Allied Forces' retaliation against Adolph Hitler and the forces of Nazism and Facism. The events of this day are the subject of the 2006 song The Longest Day by Iron Maiden.
Popular Algerian singer and orchestra leader Khelifa Belkacem is shot dead aged 44 after a brawl in the Casbah near his home in Algiers, Algeria, Africa.
Former country music star Spade Cooley tells a nurse that his wife Ella Mae Cooley has jumped from a moving automobile. Mrs. Cooley has a black eye and brush burns on her arms and legs. Her ankle, coccyx and back are also bruised.
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During an appearance by jazz saxophonist Zoot Sims at Ronnie Scott's Club in London, England, UK, Europe, a smoke bomb is thrown into the venue, necessitating the clearing of the room.
Four thousand fans riot in Miami Airport, Florida, USA, breaking down doors, smashing windows and trampling police officers, when The Beatles' touch down, hoping for a brief break in their hectic tour schedule.
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A riot breaks out at a Rolling Stones' concert in The Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, England, UK, when guitarist Keith Richards aims a kick at a fan who has scrambled onto the stage. As a result, The Stones will be banned from playing in Blackpool, and the ban will remain in force for 44 years. Support band for this show is The Executives.
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The Talismen release their version of the Bob Dylan song Masters Of War in the UK on Stateside Records.
The Kinks, The Yardbirds and Goldie And The Gingerbreads play another show in their 21-date British tour, at The Capitol Cinema, Cardiff, Wales, UK. During the show, Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies kicks over Mick Avory's drumkit. Avory retaliates by throwing a cymbal at Davies, who crashes to the stage with a gashed head. The Kinks will be replaced on remaining dates by The Walker Brothers.
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The Troggs play at the Training College, Dunstable, UK.
The new No1 single on CKOC Radio in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is Snoopy Vs The Red Baron by The Royal Guardsmen.
Newly established national UK pop music station Radio 1's first broadcast opens with former pirate radio deejay Tony Blackburn playing Flowers In The Rain by The Move. Listen : Audio Clip Of First Radio 1 show
Pop singer Jimmie Rodgers suffers traumatic head injuries after the car he is driving is stopped by an off-duty police officer near the San Diego Freeway in Los Angeles, California, USA. Rodgers will sue the police for brutality, and they will counter-sue for slander, but neither case will go to trial. In 1973 Rodgers will accept a $200,000 settlement from the Los Angeles City Council, after it votes to give him the money rather than incur the costs of further court action.
Bobby Darin is the first performer to appear at a new San Francisco supper club, Mr. D's. During the evening, Darin learns that Robert F. Kennedy has been shot.
Hippies in People's Park, Berkeley, California, USA, are attacked by police and US National Guard - an incident later recorded in The Beach Boys' song Student Demonstration Time.
Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris becomes the Christmas No1 single in the UK.
Marvin Gaye starts work on a new single, What’s Going On, for Tamla Records in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
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The tv special James Paul McCartney, featuring Paul McCartney, is broadcast on ABC in the USA. The climax of the show comes with a performance of Live And Let Die, during which McCartney's piano is rigged with pyrotechnics, intended as an explosive end to the song. Unfortunately, too much explosive has been packed into the piano, causing McCartney and other band members to be blown over. Luckily, no-one is seriously injured.
Stevie Wonder attends and sings at the funeral of Christopher Cleophus Glover, a ten-year-old black boy who had been shot in the back by a New York City Police officer, Detective Thomas Shea, who claimed he believed that the child was a hold-up suspect and he pulled a gun on him.
I Shot The Sheriff by Eric Clapton, a cover of a Bob Marley song, is released to radio stations in the USA.
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When Santana play at Vigorelli Stadium in Milan, Italy, Europe, stones and bolts are thrown onto the stage, and eventually a Molotov cocktail is hurled from the crowd, setting fire to the stage and equipment, bringing the concert to a horrific end. The event leads to an embargo by major international musicians on playing shows in Italy which will last for two years.
Joe Strummer of The Clash is arrested, when he hits a violent audience member with his Fender Telecaster during a gig in The Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
At a night club in Denmark, Europe, Brian Downey of Thin Lizzy is attacked and has to be hospitalized. Mark Nauseef and Mike Mesbur (from support band The Lookalikes) stand in on drums for subsequent Scandinavian dates.
In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jim Reid of The Jesus And Mary Chain is cleared of charges of having assaulted fans there with a microphone stand the previous November.
In Miami, Florida, USA, the trial of 2 Live Crew and the distributor of its LP As Nasty As They Wanna Be vs Sheriff Nick Navarro begins. Navarro had recently succeeded in having the LP declared obscene, largely based on a recent Mimai Herald newspaper review which states that, "Many of 2 Live Crew's lyrics are so filled with hard-core sexual, sadistic and masochistic material that they could not be printed here, even in censored form."
Trouble breaks out during a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena, Florida, USA, when fans dangle an usher by his ankles from the balcony. The band is charged $38,000 (£22,353) for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashes the building.
Seriously alcoholic Doug Hopkins, guitarist and songwriter of The Gin Blossoms, commits suicide by shooting himself in the head with a .38-cal. special pistol on the bed of his apartment in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut announces that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned at The Roslin Institute, near Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell. This scientific breakthough will inspire the song Dolly by Shonen Knife.
During a confrontation at his home, Ronnie Hammond, lead singer for the southern rock band The Atlanta Rhythm Section, charges at police officers in Macon, Georgia, USA, weilding a claw hammer, but is shot in the stomach by Sgt. Neal Smith before he can cause injury.
The Police Department in Santa Monica, California, USA, issues a w arrant for the arrest of G-Unit rapper Young Buck, in connection with a stabbing at the Vibe Awards the day before.
language.sex.violence.other? by The Stereophonics enters the UK albyums Chart at No1.
Rapper Cassidy is charged with murder in court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The charge relates to an April, 2005 incident in which three men, including Cassidy, armed with .45, .40 and 9mm caliber pistols, and an AK-47 variant rifle, fired on three unarmed men during an argument in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.
Marion 'Suge' Knight, head of Death Row Records, is shot in the leg at an MTV party, hosted by Kanye West, in the VIP Room of the Shore Club, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Linda Stein, former manager of The Ramones, is found murdered - battered to death - on the floor of her Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA, penthouse. Her personal assistant Natavia Lowery is arrested and charged with the murder.
Wealthy Maryland landowner William Zantzinger, the subject of Bob Dylan's 1963 protest song The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, dies, aged 69. In 1963, a 24-year-old Zantzinger struck and killed Hattie Carroll - a 51-year-old black barmaid - at a Baltimore hotel.
Pop vocalist Rachel Stevens, formerly of S Club 7, is mugged as she enters her Regent's Park, London, England, UK, Europe, flat, by three thugs who steal her engagement ring, a Rolex watch and a necklace.
Fourteen people are arrested when fighting breaks out in the crowd at an Oasis gig in Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, UK.
An autopsy following the murder of death metal band Backyard Burial's vocalist Matthew John Hall of Wellington, New Zealand, concludes that he died from multiple stab wounds.
It is announced that Dr. Dre and his business partner/producer Jimmy Iovine are giving $70m to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA, to establish the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation - a four-year undergraduate program for students interested in a mix of the arts, visual design, entrepreneurship, computer science and marketing.
Paparazzo Jose Osmin Hernandez Duran files a lawsuit against Justin Bieber, claiming that the teen pop vocalist kicked and punched him during 2012 at a Southern California shopping center after Bieber and his then-girlfriend went to the movies at The Commons in Calabasas.
Country singing star Trace Adkins, reportedly in a drunken condition, gets into a fight with a Trace Adkins impersonator, during a cruise ship voyage to Jamaica, Caribbean. Having been sober for twelve years, Adkins checks into rehab when the ship docks in Jamaica.
Unofficially released security camera footage shows Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles, physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator while attending The Met Gala Afterparty in The Standard Hotel, New York City, USA.
Zachary Swanson of Hebron, Wicomico County, Maryland, USA, is attacked by Paul Martin Hurst and Cary Lee Edwards, both members of the Juggalos, a loosely-organised cult of followers of the band Insane Clown Posse. As a result of the attack, motivated by his wearing of a Juggalos tattoo which Hurst and Edwards felt he had not earned, Swanson suffers fractures to his nasal area and face, brain bleeding, swelling around his eyes, eleven broken ribs and a liver laceration. Hurst and Edwards are arrested soon after.
Prosecutors in Tauranga, New Zealand, Oceania, reveal details of the alleged murder threat made by AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, which explains why he was first taken into police custody.
Brazilian model Liziane Gutierrez is ejected from a private party held by Chris Brown at The Palms, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Gutierrez will subsequently accuse Brown of attacking her at the party.
Don McLean is arrested on charges of domestic violence in Camden, Maine, USA, where he has a home with his wife, Patrisha.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzalez, El Salvador, San Salvador, Central America. While in the region, Maiden's drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarist Janick Gers visit the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was assassinated by members of a Salvadoran death squad, during a mass in 1980 at the start of the Salvadoran Civil war.
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During a basketball session, Chris Brown becomes involved in a heated argument with a club manager at Life Time Athletic fitness club in New York City, USA. As a result the singer is ejected from the premises and given a lifetime ban.
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