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Having recently defeated an English army at the Battle of Prestonpans, Bonnie Prince Charlie is crowned King of Scotland. Numerous songs have been inspired by Charlie's life and deeds, including Charlie Is My Darling, My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, The Skye Boat Song and Will Ye No Come Back Again.
Two English surveyors, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, sail into Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, to conclusively map out and establish the boundaries between the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The project will take three years and their conclusions will result in The Mason-Dixon Line. Their work will inspire Mark Knopfler to write the 2000 song, Sailing To Philadelphia, sung on his album of the same name as a duet with James Taylor. (1763)
The SS Great Eastern, designed by legendary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is launched on the River Thames, London, England, UK, Europe. The largest ship ever built, it was designed to be able able to circumnavigate the globe carrying four thousand passengers without refueling. The song Oh Wot A Big One! (1975) by Jonathan Hodge, tells the story of The SS Great Eastern.
Gospel group The Fisk Jubilee Singers sail from the USA to begin a tour of Europe.
The 48-mile long Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is opened, in Panama, Central America. It will become a key conduit for the international maritime trade. The canal will inspire references in numerous songs (by J Church, Tempest, Redman, Rakim, Ookla The Mok, Bishop Allen and others) but perhaps the most memorable is The Panama Canal by Animaniacs.
Having spent two days aboard the S.S. Berengaria in Southampton, UK, American bandleader Paul Specht and his band are given permission to disembark. They had been refused work permits, but US Secretary of State, Charles Hughes, who had travelled on the same ship, used his influence with the British Government to gain them entry.
Bluesman Richard 'Rabbit' Brown records The Sinking Of The Titanic, James Alley Blues, I'm Not Jealous, Never Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice, Mystery Of The Dunbar's Child and Great Northern Blues, supervised by Ralph Peer, for Victor Records in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
When Jerome Kern’s musical Show Boat has its first performance on Broadway, New York City, the song Ol’ Man River is heard in public for the first time.
When Jerome Kern's musical Show Boat has its first performance on Broadway, New York City, USA. the song Ol' Man River is heard in public for the first time.
Jessie Stafford And His Orchestra record I'm Following You, I'm Sailing On A Sunbeam, in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Brunswick Records.
Danish musician and humourist Victor Borge arrives in the USA aboard the United States Army transport American Legion, which was the last neutral ship to leave Petsamo, Finland, after the Nazi occupation of Denmark.
Perry Como records There's No Boat Like A Rowboat and There's A Big Blue Cloud, with Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra and The Fontane Sisters at The Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
MGM's movie remake of the Kern-Hammerstein musical play Show Boat, starring Howard Keel, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson, premieres at the Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jo Stafford, with The Norman Luboff Choir, records Shrimp Boats for Columbia Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
MGM's movie remake of the Kern-Hammerstein musical play Show Boat, starring Howard Keel, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson, is released to cinemas in Argentina, South America.
MGM's movie remake of the Kern-Hammerstein musical play Show Boat, starring Howard Keel, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson, is released to cinemas in Brazil, South America.
The Delmore Brothers record Steamboat Bill Boogie, Good Time Saturday Night, Heartbreak Ridge and I'll Be There for King Records in King Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
MGM's movie remake of the Kern-Hammerstein musical play Show Boat, starring Howard Keel, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson, is released to cinemas in Belgium and Netherlands, Europe.
Charlie Parker plays a gig aboard the excursions boat SS Peter Stuyvesant, New York City, USA.
Ray Charles plays for passengers on a Delaware River boat cruise.
Paul Barnes And His Polo Players record What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?, I Will Not Be Moved, SaySi Si, Slow Boat To China, Someday You'll Want Me and other tracks for Icon Records in the USA.
During filming of his latest movie, Summer Holiday, in Greece, Europe, Cliff Richard and various cast members charter a boat to visit the island of Hydra.
Kenyon Hopkins, with orchestra and sound effects, records Living Tomb, Ghost Ship and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Verve Records.
The Soul Agents play at The Riverboat Shuffle, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK.
Ferry Cross The Mersey by Gerry and the Pacemakers enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No6 during a nine-week run.
The Beatles fly from Rome, Italy, to Nice, France, during a European tour. Some of the day is spent relaxing on the yacht of tour promoter Felix Marouani.
John Coltrane records his album Sun Ship, at RCA Studios, New York City, USA. It will not be released until 1971 after his death.
UK pirate radio station Radio City is boarded by ten men and one woman. They take control of the ship and disable its transmitter. This action will lead, two days later, to the murder of Reg Calvert, owner of Radio City.
Dutch-financed offshore ship-based pirate Radio Atlantis South begins making test transmisions from a location off The Netherlands. The station will not officially go on the air until 1973.
Copperhead, Clover, Redlegs, The Flying Circus, Contraband and Bermuda Palms play a benefit gig for Houseboat Legal Defence in San Rafael, California, USA.
David Crosby records the songs The Wall Song, Games, Tamalpais High, Laughing, Wooden Ships, and Kids And Dogs, at Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chris Farlowe And The Thunderbirds play at The Boat House, Kew, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays at Curtis Hixon Hall, 600 Ashley, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A., supported by Vanilla Fudge and Eire Apparent.
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Every Mother's Son perform Rainflowers and Come On Down To My Boat on US tv show The Cypress Gardens Special, hosted by Johnny Carson.
Ringo Starr of The Beatles, with his wife Maureen and the actor Peter Sellers, sails for New York City, USA, aboard the S.S.Queen Elizabeth II.
As Bob Dylan is about to leave New York City, USA, aboard the QE2, to headline the Isle Of Wight Festival in England, his son Jesse injures his head and Dylan rushes to hospital with him.
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Cado Belle play at The Boat Club, Nottingham, UK.
On their first world tour, Abba have a day off, cruising on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oceania.
Oasis, Gomez, Jimmy Eat World, Starsailor, Proud Mary, Basement Jaxx, A, Idlewild, Less Than Jake, Morcheeba, Rival Schools, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Badly Drawn Boy, Groove Armada and others play on the first day of the T In The Park Festival, Balado, Kinross, Scotland.
Tommy Chong of hippy comedy duo Cheech and Chong appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on tv in the USA to explain how his California-based company was tricked into selling bongs and marijuana pipes via the internet to Drug Enforcement Agency staff in Pennsylvania and then arrested. [The same equipment can be bought legally on the street but it is illegal to ship it across state borders in the USA.] Chong was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $20,000.
Jack White of The White Stripes marries British model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon River, with the ceremony being conducted by a Shaman priest. The wedding is followed with a more conventional blessing by a catholic priest in a cathedral in Manaus, Brazil, South America.
At a marathon fund-raising event [for the Red Cross hurricane-relief fund] in The Boat, a nightclub in Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a relay of DJs play just one song, Ace Of Spades by Motorhead continuously for six hours, notching up a total of 128 consecutive plays of the same track.
61-year-old Rod Stewart marries his third wife, 35-year-old model Penny Lancaster, on board the yacht Lady Ann Magee in Portofino, Italy, Europe.
When the liner Queen Mary 2 sets sail from New York City to Southampton, UK, singer-songwriter James Taylor is aboard. During the six-day journey Taylor and his band play two concerts in the ship's Royal Court Theatre, as part of a deal with the Cunard Line to transport the group across the Atlantic in return for the performances.
Phil Rudd, drummer of AC/DC is arrested after police raid his boat, anchored at Tauranga Beach Marina in North Island, New Zealand, and find 25 grams (.88 ounces) of pot.
On its second day, Sting's $15m musical The Last Ship takes only $100,000 at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA. It requires to take twice that amount each day to remain viable.
INXS guitarist Tim Farriss seriously damages one finger when his hand is caught in an electric anchor winch aboard a boat on Australia Day. It is speculated that he may never be able to play guitar again.
Jimmy Bain, best-known as the bassist for Rainbow and Dio, dies aged 68 of lung cancer, while aboard Def Leppard's Hysteria On The High Seas cruise.
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On the Southern Rock cruise, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Preacher Stone perform on board MS Brilliance of the Seas, Tampa, Florida, USA.
Baraka, Focus, Glass Hammer, Haken, Heavy Mellow, Moon Safari, Sons of Apollo, Steve Hackett, Stick Men and Thank You Scientist play in the Cruise To The Edge aboard MS Brilliance of the Seas, Tampa, Florida, USA.