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Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. become the first humans to land on Earth's Moon, aboard the Lunar Module of Apollo 11. Command Module Pilot Michael Collins remains in orbit, monitoring the mission. In 1969, The Byrds will record their brief electronic folk song, Amstrong, Aldrin And Collins about the achievement of Apollo 11. Also, Armstrong's famous quote, "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind", will appear as a sample at the start of the Little Caesar cover version of The Whole Of The Moon, originally written and recorded by The Waterboys.
Andy Connell, keyboardist of Swing Out Sister, is born in Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Yoshihiro Hanno is born in Oaka, Japan, Asia. he will find success an electronic/dance music composer
Jean Michel Jarre releases his second LP, Les Granges Brulees [The Burned Barns], in France, Europe. It is the soundtrack to the film of the same name starring Simone Signoret and Alain Delon.
Japanese folk group Kaguyahime release the song Kandagawa [Kanda River] in Japan.
The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) enter the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with All Over The World which will peak at No13.
On his The Concert tour, Mike Oldfield plays at The Plaza Espana, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.
Mike Oldfield concludes his lengthy The Concert Tour, with the Rock-Pop-In-Concert show at Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany, Europe.
Duran Duran play at The Top Rank, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe.
Duran Duran release their third single, Girls On Film, on EMI/Capitol Records. It will become their Top 10 breakthrough in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at Number 5.
UK pop weekly the NME publishes its annual readers' poll, showing The Jam as Best Group of 1981.

Other NME Poll Winners : Altered Images - Best New Act

Siouxsie Sioux - Best Female Singer

David Bowie - Best Male Singer

Paul Weller (The Jam) - Best Songwriter

The Specials' Ghost Town - Best Single

Echo And The Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here - Best Album.

Howard Jones plays at The Marquee Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
Duran Duran's Sing Blue Silver tour plays at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Marc Almond And The Willing Sinners play at The Hacienda, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
The Rolling Stones hold a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Asia, to announce their upcoming tour. They also continue rehearsing in Tokyo.
101 by Depeche Mode is certified as a Gold Album in Canada.
Einstürzende Neubauten play at Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany, Europe.
On The United States Of Hacienda Tour, 808 State, Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and A Guy Called Gerald play at The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
A-Ha release a new single, Crying In The Rain, in the UK. It will peak at No13 in the UK Singles chart. the song is a cover of an Everley Brothers original from 1962.
On their World Violation tour, Depeche Mode play at The Stade Couvert Regional, Lievin, France, Europe.
Ozric Tentacles come to the end of a tour of Britain with a gig at The Town And Country, London, England, UK, Europe.
The John Butler Trio plays at The Majestic Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand, Oceania, supported by Julia Deans.
Efterklang play at Studenterhuset, Aalborg, Denmark, Europe.
Pierre Moerlen, drummer and sometime leader of Gong, dies in his sleep at home in Strasbourg, France, Europe, aged 52.
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Duran Duran play at The Razzmatazz Club, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.
Love Psychedelico play at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
The second day of the Ashton Court Festival at Ashton Court, Bristol, England, UK, is headlined by Lemon Jelly.
Gorillaz release a new single, Dare, in the UK.
Tegan and Sara play at the Warner Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Tiesto plays at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, South Padre Island, Texas, USA.
K-pop girl group Sistar release a new single, Push Push, on Starship Entertainment.
The XX play in The Summer Series at Somerset House, London, England, UK.
Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012 - a two day event - begins at Hackney Marshes, London, England, UK, Europe. Artists appearing over the two days of the event include Rihanna, Jay-Z, Jack White, The Maccabees, David Guetta, Florence And The Machine, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Deadmau5 and B.o.B.
Canada's Supreme Court ends the collection [by Canada's performing rights society SOCAN] of fees for music downloaded via the internet. The court rules that downloading is merely a delivery mechanism, much like a courier, and does not justify a performance fee. The court states, however, that music streamed from a website constitutes a performance and therefore fees must continue to be paid.
Bruno Mars and Ellie Goulding play at The Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Cara Delevingne visit the American Ambassador to England at his home, and sing him a song or two.
Peter Hook plays at Tokyo, York, UK.
St. Vincent plays at The ABC, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
A listening session for the Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is held at The Museum Of Modern Art, New York City, USA. The album exists as one single copy, and is to be sold to the highest bidder. The group claims to have already received offers as high as $5m, but the eventual sale price will turn out to be considerably less.
The Music Export Growth Scheme, a new source of funding to help independent music companies grow their overseas export markets is announced, following a meeting in Downing Street, London, England, UK, with the music industry chaired by the Prime Minister.
Taylor Swift holds a 4th July party with guests including Ed Sheeran.
Holly Herndon plays at ATP, Prestatyn, Wales, UK.
On her Gimmie Love tour, Carly Rae Jepsen plays at The Ritz Ybor, Orlando, Florida, USA.
On his Saint Pablo tour, Kanye West plays at The First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Apothek play at Vill Vill West, Bergen, Norway, Europe.
Nouvelle Vague play at Studio 2, Danish Radio, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
The xx reach No1 in the Official Albums Chart in the UK with their third album I See You.
On their Electric Summer World Tour, a-ha play at The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury, England, UK, Europe, supported by OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) and Tom Bailey.
Culture Club, Belinda Carlisle and Tom Bailey play at Birmingham Arena, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.