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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 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.
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.
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.
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
Pop duo Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are starring in the musical Golden Rainbow
, at The Shubert Theater in New York City, USA.
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.
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.
plays the first of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go
, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Chicago Transit Authority.
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.
, 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.
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.
Bill Frisell releases his 20th LP, History, Mystery
, on Elektra Nonesuch Records in the USA.
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.
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."
The Band Perry
's video for their song Chainsaw video makes its debut on CMT.
play at Apollo 1, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.