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James Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, bans his members from making records, which he claims is a threat to the livelihood of musical performers. The AFM demands that record producers pay a royalty for each commercial disk sold to the public. Union members are also prohibited from recording soundtracks for 'soundies', filmed performances to be played on specially adapted jukeboxes.
Glenn Miller is told that he has been accepted into the US Army with the rank of Captain, and will be given the of organising a band to entertain American troops.
Jerome John Garcia, son of a 1930's big band leader, is born in San Francisco, California, USA. As Jerry Garcia he will lead The Grateful Dead.