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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.
Pollard's Australian Juvenile Opera Company performs the musical show A Gaiety Girl at The Tivoli Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Buddy Williams records Too Old To Cut The Mustard for Regal Zonophone Records in Australia, Oceania.
The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Paul And Paula, The Surfaris and The Joy Boys play the first of two nights in Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia.
The Beatles touch down in Darwin, Australia, then fly on to Sydney where they hold a press conference in the Sheridan Hotel. Meanwhile, in London, UK, their drummer Ringo Starr is discharged from University College Hospital and will shortly re-join the group.
Austrian House music producer, remixer and DJ Peter Rauhofer is born in Vienna, Austria, Europe. He will spend much of his time in New York City, USA, remixing for Depeche Mode, Madonna, Seal, Funky Green Dogs, Kylie Minogue and others. He will also make use of several aliases including House Heroes and Sizequeen.
The Merseybeats and The Easybeats play at an all-nighter in The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
The Seekers play at The Pavilion, Bournemouth, England, UK, supported by Yana.
Bob Dylan plays in Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Spicks And Specks by The Bee Gees reaches No1 in the pop singles chart, Tio i topp, in Sweden, Europe.
The Seekers are playing during a season at The Talk Of The Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Black Sabbath hold a press conference in Sydney, New South Wales, to tie in with their first Australian visit.
Magazine play in The Crystal Ballroom, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Hit-making UK pianist Winifred Atwell dies, aged 69, in Australia, Oceania.
U2 play the first of five nights at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
U2 play the fourth of five nights at The Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Legs by ZZ Top enters the ARIA singles chart in Australia, Oceania, at No41. It will peak at No6.
Nick Cave plays at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
On their One For All World Tour, The Bee Gees play at The Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, USA.
Aerosmith reach No1 with Janie's Got A Gun in the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia, Oceania. This is their first No1 single in Australia.
The Little River Band release the LP Get Lucky on MCA Records in the USA.
Yngwie Malmsteen plays at The Palace, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
On their The Hard Way tour, Steve Earle And The Dukes play at Raiders Nightclub, Queenbeyan, Australia, Oceania.
Suicide Blonde by INXS enters the ARIA Singles Chat in Australia at No6. It will peak at No2. The blues harp intro to the song is a sample from a Charlie Musselwhite track.
The Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), a system designed to enable online, convenient, legal access to digital music by creating new digital distribution systems, invites hackers and cryptanalaysts to break its proposed digital watermarking scheme for protecting digital music. Hackers will break the system quickly and completely, and SDMI will effectively be abandoned in 2001.
Martha Wainwright plays at The Grosvenor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
Nana Mouskouri plays the second of two nights at Hamer Hall Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Method Man and Redman play at The Shores Complex, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
On their This Is Us tour The Backstreet Boys play at The Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
On departure after a show in Berlin, Germany, AC/DC find that their plane has a mechanical problem. They are obliged to charter another plane but the delay makes them late on stage for their next gig at Valle Novin in Oslo, Norway, Europe. Because of Norway's strict gig curfew laws, the band is forced to cut four songs from their set.
Foals play at The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia.
On their Final Frontier World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
On her California Dreams tour Katy Perry plays at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
When Miley Cyrus plays at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania, a female fan rushes onstage and hugs her before security men step in and drag him away.
The Walkabouts play at The Lido, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Nicki Minaj plays at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
It is reported that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's next court appearance has been delayed until April because he has changed his lawyer from Paul Mabey QC to Craig Tuck.
Eminem plays at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Oceasnia.
Lionel Richie plays at Sandalford Winery, Swan Valley, Australia, Oceania.
Kanye West plays at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oceania.
On his Mythology tour, Barry Gibb plays at The Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Royksopp and Robyn release their collaborative EP Do It Again in Australia, Germany and Norway, Europe.
One Direction play at The National Stadium, Washington DC, USA.
Jennifer Lopez (featuring Iggy Azalea) releases the video for her song Booty, which is due for release as a single one week later.
The Veronicas release a video for their song You Ruin Me, which is set to be released as a single the following day.
On her Kiss Me Once tour, Kylie Minogue plays the last of three nights at The O2, London, UK.
The Veronicas play at The Garage, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
On their Rock Or Bust tour, AC/DC play at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Vintage Trouble.
On their Rock Or Bust tour, AC/DC play the first of two nights at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oceania.