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At the end of the first English Civil War, influenced by the Puritans, the British Parliament passes a law banning any celebration of Christmas. This new law is much disliked and will cause riots in the streets. The popular ballad The World Is Turned Upside Down will be inspired this law, and is best known in a version by Maddy Prior And The Carnival Band.
A world record fee of $150,000 is paid for The Beatles' live show at The Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The money is paid by baseball team owner Charles Finley, whose daughter is a Beatles fan and he wants to be certain that she will have the opportunity to see them.
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After several months of deliberation, The Portuguese film censor releases The Beatles' film, A Hard Day's Night, but it is rated "for adults only".
Marianne Faithfull releases a new single, This Little Bird, on Decca Records in the UK. On the same day, in a somewhat bizarre marketing decision, The Nashville Teens release their new single, also a version of This Little Bird, and also on Decca Records in the UK. The song is composed by John D. Loudermilk.
While flying from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to play in The Newport Jazz Festival, Led Zeppelin learn - to their surprise - that they have cancelled the gig due to the ill health of a band member. The festival organisers have dreamed up this excuse to avoid revealing the unpalatable truth - that local officials have banned the group 'in the interest of public safety' following a near riot during the festival's second night. The band's manager, Peter Grant, insists that their contract is binding and Led Zeppelin go onstage at 1 a.m.
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Black Sabbath play at The Paramus Theatre, Paramus, New Jersey, USA. The event, intriguingly, is a benefit concert sponsored by St Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Disgruntled fan Trevor Charles Howell pushes Frank Zappa off the stage at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe, inflicting multiple injuries and leaving him bound to a wheelchair.
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Lou Reed is bitten on the behind by a member of the audience during a show in Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Greg Lake of Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) is arrested for skinny dipping in public in a swimming pool at the band’s hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
The Clash play ‘A Night Of Pure Energy’ at The ICA, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Subway Sect. Shane MacGowan, not yet a member of The Pogues, is in the crowd and is bitten on the earlobe by Jane Crockford of The Modettes.
Jerry Lee Lewis, brandishing a Derringer pistol, drives to Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and demands that Elvis Presley should come out to speak with him. Elvis declines. Jerry Lee goes home.
Wendy O Williams of The Plasmatics is arrested on an obscenity charge for allegedly simulating a sexual act with a sledge hammer at a recent live show in The Palms night club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. During the arrest, Williams is pinned to the ground by police and receives injuries on her forehead which require several stitches.
John Sharples of Preston, Lancashire, England, UK, Europe, sets a new world record by disco dancing non-stop from this day, for the next 371 hours.
Bob Dylan performs a duet with Michael Jackson, at the fifty-fifth birthday party for actress Elizabeth Taylor in the home of songwriter Burt Bacharach in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Manufactured pop duo Milli Vanilli are named Best New Artist at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards. The award is later revoked.
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Blues singer-guitarist Thunderbird Davis dies aged 52, of a heart attack while playing onstage at The Blues Saloon, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
At the Industria Superstudio, Manhattan, New York City, USA, Madonna holds a party for 800 of her very closest friends, to celebrate the release of her upcoming album and book, Sex. She arrives dressed as Little Bo Peep, carrying a lamb.
Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode narrowly escapes death when an RAF Tornado plane crashes into a hillside near the A85 trunk road at Lochearhead, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, Europe, just 200 yards from his open-topped car which is showered with debris. The two airmen in the plane are killed.
When Kiss headline at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, Texas, USA, their opening act Ted Nugent verbally attacks Latin-American immigrants, yelling, "If you’re not gonna speak English, get the fuck out of America." Understandably, he gets himself banned from the venue.
UK tabloid The Sunday People claims that Lemmy of Motorhead indulged in a three-day-long sex and bondage session during which his lover was handcuffed to the bed. When Lemmy objects, pointing out that the session lasted seven days and his lover was suspended from the ceiling, the newspaper apologises unreservedly.
In a British newspaper interview, Rod Stewart calls for marriage vows to be changed to bring them into line with modern times. His specific suggestions include the notion that marriage vows should be renewed annually and that their wording should be simplified to be more like a dog licence.
Michael Jackson reveals during an interview that he doesn't like pop music. The revelation comes in the wake of Jackson having purchased some classical music CDs during a shopping trip in Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Corey George, a Welsh boy in a coma after being hit by a car, returns to consciousness when his mother plays him his favourite song, American Idiot by Green Day.
A life-sized statue of Elton John, sculpted in chocolate, is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's in London, England, UK, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate.
On his Against All Gods tour, Marilyn Manson plays at The Arena, Pula, Croatia, Europe. Prior to the show, the touring crew is delayed from entering the venue because a group of local Catholic bishops is exorcising the stage, in the belief that Manson is in league with satanic forces.
The last day of a three day long Bruce Springsteen Symposium takes place at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. The event includes over 150 academic papers including 'A Marxist perspective On Darkness On the Edge Of Town' and 'The Boss And The Bible'.
The town of Parma, Italy, Europe, names streets after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
Former 60s pop idol Wayne Fontana is remanded in custody in Glossop, Derbyshire, England, UK, on charges of having set a car alight with a bailiff inside when he was pursued for bankruptcy.
Former 60s pop star Wayne Fontana is given an eleven months sentence at Nottingham Crown Court, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe, on charges of having set fire to a bailiff's car in a row over an unpaid congestion charge. Doctors had previously diagnosed Fontana as suffering from a paranoid illness and depression but now believe he is no longer a danger to himself or others. On an earlier court appearance, Fontana had appeared dressed as Liberty, The Lady Of Justice.
80s pop singer Rick Astley, made famous by his hit Never Gonna Give You Up, denies widespread rumours of his death. He was reported dead in a CNN iReport as a result of a prank in the form of a faked press release. Since the death of Michael Jackson, several similar pranks have claimed the deaths of Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears.
Evan Chandler, father of Jordan Chandler, and instigator of charges against Michael Jackson of child sex abuse, is found dead in bed at home, having shot himself in the head.
An announcement on Van Morrison's website states, "Gigi and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III. 'Little Van' born Dec 28, 2009 - the spitting image of his daddy. Shortly after, Morrison shuts down the site and claims that the announcement was posted by a hacker.
Evelyn Evelyn - described as the world's only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo - release their debut LP, Evelyn Evelyn in the USA. They are, in fact Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) and folk-punk musician Jason Webley, dressed in connected garments.
Obeying his GPS navigation device without question, a Bavarian driver does a U-turn on a motorway and drives against the flow of traffic. As a result, he crashes into another car and injures an 11-year-old boy. Reading of this incident in a newspaper, Duran Duran will write the song Blame The Machines.
When Stereophonics play at Fort Canning Park, Singapore, Asia, the show is stopped after singer Kelly Jones is hit in the face by a flip-flop thrown by a member of the audience. After the man responsible is thrown out by security, the band returns to the stage to finish their set.
Michael Edward 'Mikey' Welsh, best-known as the former bassist of Weezer, makes a post on Twitter stating, "dreamt i died in chicago next weekend [heart attack in my sleep]. need to write my will today". This was then followed by "correction - the weekend after next". Eerily, he will be found dead on October 8, in a room at The Raffaello Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA, from a suspected drug overdose leading to a heart attack. Welsh was aged 40.
Courtney Love storms offstage during Hole's performance at the SWU Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil, South America, after a crowd member holds up a picture of her late husband, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.
It is announced that a new religion, Kopimism, has been officially acknowledged by the Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet. Followers of Kopimism believe that file sharing or copying is a religious activity. The music industry, on the other hand, believes file sharing is a crime and prefers to call it internet piracy.
Axl Rose announces that he is rejecting his imminent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His open letter to the Hall Of Fame committee states, "I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no-one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf."
Following a CNN iReport stating that Australian singer Gotye had 'shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun', the artist denies his death in a Twitter post.
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.
In a British tv interview, Canadian dentist Dr Michael Zuk reveals his plans to clone John Lennon of The Beatles using samples of his DNA.
Country music singer Hunter Hayes secures a Guinness World Record by playing ten shows in ten cities on one day. He started in Times Square, New York City, USA, then moved to Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, New London, New Haven, and Stamford, Connecticut, South Orange and Asbury Park, New Jersey. His tenth and final show took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The entire stunt was done to raise awareness for the Child Hunger Ends Here program.
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.
Taylor Swift releases a new 'single' entitled Track 3 in Canada. The track consists of eight seconds of white noise, despite which it goes immediately to No1 in the Canadian iTunes chart.
Barry Manilow releases a new album entitled My Dream Duets on Verve Music UMG. This bizarre album features Manilow performing duets with dead singing stars including Whitney Houston, Dusty Springfield, Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Durante, John Denver, Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong.
Motorhead's classic 1980 track Ace Of Spades finally makes its appearance in the Billboard charts in the USA - presumably spurred by the recent death of the band's frontman Lemmy Kilmister. It enters the magazine's Hot Rock Songs chart at No12, thr Rock Streaming Songs chart at No24, and the Hard Rock Digital Songs Chart at No8. It even reaches No3 on the LyricFind Chart which measures the number of lyric searches worldwide.
It is announced that a newly discovered species of tarantula spider has been named Aphonopelma johnnycashi, because it was discovered near Folsom State Prison in California, USA. The logic behind the naming is that Folsom Prison Blues is one of Johnny Cash's best-known songs, and that the spider is mainly black in colour - 'The Man In Black' being a well-known nickname for Johnny Cash.
Madonna invites a female fan, 17 year-old Josephine Georgiou, to join her on stage during show at The Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania, then pulls down Miss Georgiou's corset top exposing one of her breasts to thousands of fans at the venue. The fan later declares it to have been "the greatest moment of my life".
Ed Sheeran makes his return to social media after a year away by tweeting a plain blue square, with no text. The colour is later revealed to be the colour theme of his upcoming singles and album.
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