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At Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, USA, Bridget Bishop becomes the first person to be hanged during The Salem Witch Trials, for "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft And Sorceries". The Salem Witch trials will fuel the imaginations of authors, film-makers and songwriters for centuries to come. Among the notable songs inspired by these despicable events are Bridget Bishop Will Have Her Revenge On Salem Mass by Walter Prez (2006), American Witch by Rob Zombie (2006), Witch Hunt by Rush (1981), The Dead Can't Testify by Billy Talent and Hunting For Witches by Bloc Party. (1692)

The Savoy Orpheans record Let Me Be The First To Kiss You Good Morning, Sally Lou, Haunting Melody [waltz] and Wagneriana, for HMV Records in Hayes, Middlesex, UK.
Inventor John Logie Baird gives the world's first public demonstration of a mechanical television set to the Royal Institution, London, UK. American Bandstand, Top Of The Pops and MTV are now inevitable.
The first automatic record changer is introduced by His Master's Voice.
The Binkley Brothers hold the first ever Nashville, Tennessee, USA, recording session, at the YMCA Hall, recording I'll Rise When The Rooster Crows, under the guidance of producer Ralph Peer for Victor Records.
The Gumm Sisters play the first of three nights at the Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach, California, USA. One of the sisters, Frances Gumm, will go on to achieve stardom after a name change to Judy Garland.
Joseph Leon Williams is born in Mobile, Alabama, USA. He will find success as blues guitarist and singer Jody Williams, after moving to Chicago, where he will be considered the first great stringbender on that city's blues scene.
For the first time, all three major radio networks in the USA (CBS, NBC, and Mutual) simultaneously broadcast the same program, a benefit concert from Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA, for the American National Red Cross.
Classie Ballou is born in Elton, Louisiana, USA. He will make his recording debut as the guitarist on Boozoo Chavis' first single, Paper In My Shoe, the record that will put zydeco music on the map.
R'n'b keyboardist Piano Red records Rockin' With Red for RCA Victor Records in the USA. It will become the label's first hit on the Billboard R'n'B chart.
The Spaniels record Baby It's You, Sloppy Drunk, Since I Fell For You and Bounce in Universal Recorders, Chicago, Illinois, USA. They will become the first tracks to be released by Vee-Jay Records.
Johnny Cash records his first version of Folsom Prison Blues at Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Roy Orbison earns his first Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA entry with Only The Lonely, which will peak at No2.
At his first RCA Records session in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, Roger Miller records You Don't Want My Love. The song will subsequently be re-named In The Summertime.
Big Maybelle plays the first of two nights at The Club Baby Doll, 7309 Vincennes Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Stan Getz Quartet plays the first of twelve nights at The Sutherland Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Duke Ellington, Gary 'US' Bonds, and The Chantels play the first of seven nights at The Regal, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Beatles visit the offices of Record Mirror, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK, to be interviewed about having released their first single.
Barbra Streisand makes her first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, in New York City, USA, during which she sings My Coloring Book and Lover, Come Back to Me.
Dusty Springfield bowls the first ball in a fund-raising game of cricket at Eaton Road cricket ground, Hove, UK. Other celebrities taking part include Frankie Vaughan, Tommy Steele and Jess Conrad.
Recently added guitarist Jeff Beck has his first recording session as a member of The Yardbirds, in London. They record Steeled Blues.
The Zombies, The Velvelettes, The Shangri-Las, Jimmy Soul, The Ad-Libs, Dee Dee Sharp and Mel Carter play the first date on a 34-day Dick Clark Caravan of Stars tour in the USA.
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I'll Be Doggone gives Marvin Gaye his first No1 in the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA. On the same day, it peaks at No8 in the US pop chart.
The Byrds make their first entry into the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA with their version of Bob Dylan's Mr Tambourine Man, which will peak at No1.
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Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK-based band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich enter the UK pop albums chart for the first time, with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick and Tich, which will peak at No11.
Pink Floyd release their debut single, Arnold Layne, in the UK. It is immediately banned by the BBC because of its subject matter. That night they play at The Technical College, Canterbury, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
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Love Affair debut in the UK singles chart with their cover version of Robert Knight's US hit Everlasting Love. The song will bring into the open the practice of recordings using session men instead of bona fide group members.
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Big Brother And The Holding Company play the first of two nights at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA. Both nights are recorded and will be released as the album Live At Winterland 68.
Crosby, Stills And Nash release their debut single, Marrakesh Express, in the UK on Atlantic Records. The song was inspired by a train trip taken by Graham Nash when he visited Morocco in 1966. Nash told Rolling Stone magazine that at first he traveled in the first-class compartment, but he found it boring, so he went to sit with the regular travellers and their "ducks and pigs and chickens."
Got To Be There, the first solo hit single by Michael Jackson enters the Billboard US Top 40 Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No4 during a thirteen-week run.
Bob Dylan and The Band play the first of two nights at the Capitol Center, Washington DC.
When XTC release their debut album, White Music, in the UK on Virgin Records. It includes the only cover song the band ever recorded, a version of the Bob Dylan song All Along the Watchtower.
The Cure's debut single, Killing An Arab, originally released on the indie Small Wonder label is re-released by Fiction, a new company set up with distribution via the major Polydor Records.
On their Destiny Tour, The Jacksons including Michael Jackson, play the first of two nights at The Apollo, Manchester, UK, supported by The Dougie James Soul Train.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Gammage Theatre, Tempe, Arizona.
During a 23-date US tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the first of three nights at the Paramount Northwest, Seattle, Oregon.
During a 23-date US tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, Tennessee.
When AC/DC play in New York City, their support band is Def Leppard, making their first live appearance in the USA.
Imagine by John Lennon reaches No1 in the UK singles chart, for the first of four weeks.
Scorpions release their ninth album, Love At First Sting, on Harvest/EMI Records in the UK.
Pet Shop Boys embark on their first live tour, taking in Hong Kong, Japan and the UK.
Jazz guitarist, bandleader, composer, vocalist and recording artist Malcolm Mitchell dies in Bognor Regis, Sussex, UK. Among many other achievements, he was the first British musician to play with Duke Ellington and earn money for doing so. [N.B. In 1933, the Duke of Windsor had insisted on sitting in on drums with the Ellington band when it visited Britain but he didn't get paid].
Coldplay make an appeal to 'Wikipedia enthusiasts' via a posting on their website, in an effort to have inaccuracies in the Wikipedia entry on the band corrected.
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While celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band, Camper Van Beethoven play the first of two nights at The Abbey Pub, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Orb release their first new album in four years, Baghdad Batteries, on Malicious Damage Records in the UK.
Newly released figures show that digital music sales revenues have overtaken physical revenues in the UK as the recorded music market returned to growth in the first quarter of 2012. Digital services accounted for 55.5% of UK recorded music revenues in Q1 of 2012, and income from subscription streaming platforms nearly doubled to just under 9m UK Pounds.
Classical and experimental cellist Oliver Coates releases his debut album, Towards The Blessed Islands, on PRAH Records in the UK.
On the High Hopes Tour, Bruce Springsteen plays the first of two nights at The Entertainment Center, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
On her 1989 World Tour, Taylor Swift plays the first of two nights at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, supported by Vance Joy.
Hajk release their debut LP, Hajk, on Jansen Plateproduksjon Records in the UK, Europe.