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A fleet of ships, known as The First Fleet, leaves Portsmouth, Great Britain with a cargo of over 1,000 convicts who will found a penal colony that will become the first European settlement in Australia. They will reach Australia at Botany Bay in mid-January 1788, inspiring the oft-recorded folk song Botany Bay. Here we have a version by Kate Rusby.
The musical comedy A Runaway Girl is playing at Daly's Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 40 performances.
Musical comedy The Girl From Kay's is playing at The Herald Square Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 205 performances.
Ian Ernest Gilmore Green is born in Toronto, Canada. He will find fame as jazz arranger and composer Gil Evans.
The Savoy Orpheans record Please, Poor Little Rich Girl and Seminola, for HMV Records in Hayes, Middlesex, UK.
Tampa Red and Georgia Tom record The Duck Yas-Yas-Yas in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bobby Sherwood And His Orchestra play in The Avadon Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Paul Thompson, drummer of Roxy Music, is born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK.
R'n'b singing group The Royals are signed to Federal Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The will enjoy considerable success after changing their name to Hank Ballard And The Midniters. (1952).
The revue An Evening With Beatrice Lillie is presented at The Booth Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 276 performances. As well as its actress-singer star, the show features piano duettists Eddie And Rack.
Bo Diddley releases a new single, Crawdad, on Chess Records in the USA.
The Bud Freeman-Shorty Baker Quintet records But Not For Me, Love Me Or Leave Me and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey for Prestige Records.
Barbra Streisand plays the fifth night in a month-long engagement at The Bon Soir Club, New York City, USA.
Neil Sedaka plays the eighth of fifteen nights at the Holiday House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Skylark Records singing harpist Sue Evans And The Scamps are playing during a six week engagement at The Dunes, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Swinging Blue Jeans record It's Too Late Now at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
Shirley Bassey begins a season at The Talk Of The Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Rolling Stones' fourth UK tour continues at The City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, supported by Peter And Gordon, The Overlanders, The Barron Knights, David John And The Mood, Julie Grant and Tony Marsh.
Long Live Love by Sandie Shaw enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No1. The song is written by Chris Andrews.
Seeking to overcome the problems posed by the Government of the USA refusing to grant work permits to UK bands, British MP Kenneth Lomas, asks the UK Ministry of Labour to refuse permits to American artists, but his suggestion is turned down.
Darius Rucker is born in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. He will first find success as the lead singer of Hootie And The Blowfish, before becoming a solo country artist in 2008, winning the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year in 2009
Nico (backed by Jackson Browne on guitar) plays at Stanley's in the basement of The Dom, New York City, USA, supported by Tim Buckley.
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Pop duo Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are starring in the musical Golden Rainbow, at The Shubert Theater in New York City, USA.
John Davidson is playing during a month of shows at The Plaza Hotel, New York City, USA.
The musical variety revue New Faces Of 1968 is presented during a run of 52 performances at The Booth Theatre, New York City, USA, featuring performers including Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein, Suzanne Astor and Gloria Bleezarde.
Jackie Cain and Roy Kral are playing during an engagement at Paul's Mall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Charlatans and The Flamin' Groovies play the second of two nights at The Straight Theater, San Francisco, California, USA.
Hugh Masekela plays the first of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Chicago Transit Authority.
Jefferson Airplane vocalist and songwriter Grace Slick accidentally wrecks her Mercedes on a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA, forcing the band to put off recording its new album until the singer recovers from her injuries.
Blues singer and guitarist Earl Bell plays at The Mid-America Exposition, Convention Center, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The musical Your Arms Too Short To Box With God is presented at The Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will run on Broadway for 429 performances. The musical is based on the Biblical Book of Matthew.
Sugar Babies - The Burlesque Musical, starring Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney, is presented at The Mark Hellinger Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1208 performances.
Big River, based on the Mark Twain novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, is playing at the Eugene O'Neill Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1005 performances. Featuring music written by country-pop singer-songwriter Roger Miller, the play wins seven Tony awards, including Best Score.
TV show MTV Unplugged in the USA features live acoustic performances by Crowded House and Tim Finn.
On their Bleach tour, Nirvana play at Duffy's Tavern, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
Queen And Paul Rogers play at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
When Maroon 5 play at Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, California, USA, the show is recorded and will be released in due course as a live album, Friday The 13th.
On her Breakaway World Tour, Kelly Clarkson plays at Coors Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, California, USA.
The Mars Volta play at The Koolhaus, Toronto Ontario, Canada.
Tidworth-born James Blunt plays at The Vox Club, Modena, Italy, Europe.
Bill Frisell releases his 20th LP, History, Mystery, on Elektra Nonesuch Records in the USA.
On their Alive/35 Tour, Kiss play at The Arena, Verona, Italy, Europe.
The US Postal Service issues a commemorative 42 cent Frank Sinatra postage stamp. The stamp is launched with a media event at Gotham Hall, Grand Ballroom, 1356 Broadway at 36th Street, New York City, USA, attended by Sinatra's children, Nancy and Frank Jr.
The Neil Cowley Trio play at Colston Hall, Bristol, UK.
Yngwie Malmsteen plays at The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
It is reported that Aretha Franklin has canceled two upcoming shows [May 20th in Chicago and May 26th at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut], following a "doctor's recommendation for treatment during the time frame of May 20th and May 26th."
Robert Francis And The Night Tide play at Bush Hall, London, UK.
The Band Perry's video for their song Chainsaw video makes its debut on CMT.
On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Wolfmother play at Apollo 1, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.
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