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Christopher Columbus's expedition seeking a Western route from Europe to India, makes landfall in The Bahamas, thus accidentally discovering the 'new world' of North America. In 1936, Chu Berry and Andy Razaff will be inspired to write the song Christopher Columbus, which will be recorded by Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, The Ink Spots, Duke Ellington and many others. Adherents of the Rastafarian religion, however, see Columbus as an oppressor, thus the Burning Spear reggae song Christopher Columbus castigates the explorer for claiming to have discovered the West Indies when, in fact, they were already inhabited by the Arawak tribe. Another song inspired by Columbus is Christopho Columbo, performed by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong in the 1951 movie Here Comes The Groom. The 1960 Jimmy Jones hit, Good Timin', also refers to Columbus' achievements, with the lines "Who in the world woulda ever known what Columbus could do, If Queen Isabella hadn't hawked her jewels in 1492".
The Trocadero Burlesquers are palying at the Bijou Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Hungarian Gypsy Band, The Chapelle Sisters (Songs and Acrobatic Dances) and McIntyre And Heath in 'Georgia Minstrels - The Personification Of Whole-souled Irresistible Fun" are among the entertainments on offer all week at Chase's Polite Vaudeville Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Trocadero Quartette present "Their black-face character creation - The Telephone Agent" during a week at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA. Also on the bill are The Hungarian Gypsy Band, "comedy trick violinist" Chevriel and "The Dainty Singing And Dancing Comedienne" Kitty Fox Allen.
The Knickerbocker Burlesquers, featuring "20 Young Girls", are playing at Kernan's Theatre, Washington, DC, USA.
W.W. Saunders of Washington DC, USA, is granted Patent No. US726354A for his invention of an automatic playing attachment for pianos or other musical instruments of similar character.
The Prosit Duo, billed as 'fascinating comediennes, singers and dancers', along with popular singing group The Four Baldwins and Meehan's Famous Dogs are among the entertainments offered at Poli's Theatre Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Old Soldier Musicians, comedy vocal trio Tommy Van And The Ward Girls, and The Girls From The North And The South are appearing at The Casino Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
A 3,500 capacity venue, The Regal Theater opens at 47th and Grand Boulevard (renamed South Parkway later that year) in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Costing $1.5m to build, it was one of 34 theaters owned by Balaban and Katz. The world's finest black entertainers - including Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, B.B. King, The Supremes, James Brown, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington would perform here through the years.
The play Green Grow The Lilacs, which features several folk songs performed by future singing cowboy Tex Ritter, plays the fifth of six days at The National Theatre, Washington DC, USA. The play will subsequently provide the plot for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the third night of a week at the Surf Beach Club, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play in The Panther Room at The Hotel Sherman, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show is broadcast live on radio.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play in The Panther Room at The Hotel Sherman, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show is broadcast live on radio.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play in The Panther Room at The Hotel Sherman, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show is broadcast live on radio.
The Phil Moore Four play at The Brown Derby, Washington DC, USA. This show is transmitted live over the Associated Broadcasting System.
Harold Arthur Perry, is born in Washington DC, USA. he will find fame as Harry Perry, a rock singer-songwriter and guitarists, perhaps best-known for playing guitar while roller-skating in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA.
United States Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, introduces a bill into the US Senate seeking to make juke boxes subject to performance right royalties - levied via a weekly flat fee.
The Biggest Show Of 1951, a package tour starring Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Marie Bryant, Peg Leg Bates, Stump And Stumpy, Timmie Rodgers and others plays at The Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra are playing at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and jump blues vocalist Roy Brown play the first night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker plays at The Open Door, a club near Washington Square, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA. His band consists of trumpeter Benny Harris, pianists Bud Powell and Al Haig, bassist Charles Mingus, and drummer Art Taylor. The entire show will be released, eventually, as the live album Complete Bird At The Open Door.
Chuck Berry, Shirley And Lee, The G-Clefs and Buddy And Ella Johnson, play the first night of a week at the Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Frank Sinatra plays at The Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Jesse Belvin, Marv Johnson, Baby Washington and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson play in a package show at The Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Bobby Rydell plays the third night of a week at The New Lotus Club, Washington DC, USA.
Bobby Rydell plays the fifth night of a week at The New Lotus Club, Washington DC, USA.
Jimmy Hendrix [later to become Jimi Hendrix] is given a two year suspended sentence for his part in a car theft, at Seattle Court House, Seattle, Washington, USA. The sentence is light because he has decided to enlist in the US Army.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The State University Of New York, Cortland, New York State, USA.
Eddie Stubbs, fiddler and bassist of popular bluegrass band The Johnson Mountain Boys is born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.
Recording studio owner Hite Morgan registers copyright on The Beach Boys' song Surfin' with The Library Of Congress, Washington DC, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play in The Municipal Auditorium, Austin, Texas, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the fourth night of a week-long engagement at Le Jazz Hot, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the last night of a week-long engagement at Le Jazz Hot, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, USA.
President of the USA Lyndon Johnson uses the phrase "We shall overcome" in a speech before Congress in Washington DC. The phrase is borrowed from the title of the gospel song We Shall Overcome, which has become powerfully identified with the politics of the Civil Rights movement. Only a few days before Johnson's speech, Bloody Sunday had occurred on the Selma to Montgomery protest marches, so Johnson was using the song title to suggest a measure of government sympathy and solidarity with the Civil Rights movement.
Joe Picciotto is born in Washington DC, USA. He will find success as a guitarist and vocalist with Fugazi.
Vanilla Fudge play the second of four nights at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC, USA, supported by Lothar And The Hand People and The Fallen Angels.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play two concerts of Sacred Music at St. Augustine Presbyterian Church, The Bronx, New York City, USA.
Grace Slick of San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane turns up for a tea party at the White House, Washington DC, USA, in the company of counter-culture revolutionary Abbie Hoffman. When Hoffman is refused entry, Slick leaves with him.
Ray Charles testifies in Congress on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, USA, on behalf of increased funding for hearing research. "My eyes are my handicap," he tells the politicians, "but my ears are my opportunity."
On his Trash tour, Alice Cooper plays at The Paramount Theater, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Weezer play at The Moore Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey sing America The Beautiful at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland, USA, to open the fourth anniversary game of The Chicago Bears and The Washington Redskins.
On their Circle Tour, Bon Jovi play at The Verizon Center, Washington, DC, USA.
Mogwai play at the JBL Theater, Seattle, Washington, USA.
B.B. King, Sara Barellies, Common, Maroon 5, Jackie Evancho and Jim James of My Morning Jacket perform at the 87th annual Lighting Of The National Christmas Tree, in the presence of President Obama and The First Lady in The Ellipse, Washington, DC, USA.
Built To Spill play a concert in Seattle, Washington, USA, as part of the 10-year anniversary celebrations of music streaming service Rhapsody.
On The Wall Tour 2012, Roger Waters plays at The Verizon Center, Washington DC, USA.
Stevie Wonder performs his classic album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety at Key Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA.
On his Purpose World Tour Justin Bieber plays at The Verizon Center, Washington DC, USA.
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