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The family of young Jewish girl Anne Frank go into hiding in a secret annex within their house in Amsterdam, Holland, Europe to escape persecution by the German forces occupying their country. Ann chronicles the events of the next two years in her diary which will become one of the world's most widely read books. The song Holland, 1945 by Neutral Milk Hotel will be one of many inspired by Anne Frank's story.
Music journalist and broadcaster Charles Shaar Murray is born. Murray will write for, among others, New Musical Express, Q, Mojo, New Statesman, Prospect, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, Vogue and The Independent.
US music trade magazine Billboard reports that Capitol, RCA Victor, Decca, Mercury, M-G-M and Columbia Records are increasing the number of r'n'b releases on their labels, partly because the r'n'b field is heavily dominated by independent record companies.
Bjorn Borg is born in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. At the age of 18, he will become the youngest player ever to win the male singles title French Open tennis tournament, and will go on to become one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He will inspire the song The Ballad Of Bjorn Borg by The Pernice Brothers.
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.
Joanna Caroline Newsom is born in Nevada City, California, USA. She will find success as a folk-rock harpist, pianist, vocalist, lyricist and actress under the name Joanna Newsom.
At The Hacienda, Manchester, England, UK, Europe, 52nd St play, supported by little known band The Smiths.
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The Fall play at Warwick University, Coventry, England, UK, Europe.
Aztec Camera leader Roddy Frame turns 21.
Marillion release a new album, F ugazi, in the UK.
When Black Flag play at Club Lingerie, Hollywood, California, USA, frontman Henry Rollins has to disarm a knife-wielding fan in the front row.
Influential UK independent label Stiff Records, in deep financial trouble, holds a meeting with its creditors.
The Smiths play their farewell gig at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe. Entrance to the gig is limited to fans wearing Smiths or Morrissey T-shirts.
The Pixies play at The Living Room, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
On their The Prayer tour, The Cure play at The Palace, Auburn Hills, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Fall play at Biskuithalle, Bonn, Germany, Europe.
Fugazi play at 924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, Califonia, USA.
Fugazi play at St. Dominic's Catholic church, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The original line-up of The Stranglers plays its last-ever live show, at The Town and Country Club 5th Anniversary event in Alexandra Palace London, England, UK, Europe.
While promoting his tenth solo album Time Takes Time, Ringo Starr spends the day in The Dorchester Hotel, London, England, UK, Europe, being interviewed for British press and radio, including Q, The Sunday Mirror, Vox, The Independent and the Simon Bates Show.
Pulp are photographed at Frank's Sandwich Bar, Addison Bridge Place, London W4, for the cover of their single Common People.
Courtney Love is guest DJ on Indie 103.1 Radio in Los Angeles, California, USA. Among the tracks she plays are The Drugs Don't Work by The Verve.
Founder/organiser Michael Eavis announces that there will be no Glastonbury Festival in 2006.
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Sleater-Kinney play at The Avalon, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Pixies, The Killers, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kasabian, The Coral, We Are Scientists and others play at The Carling Weekend, Leeds, England, UK.
Chris Mills plays at Common Grounds Coffee House, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, The Decemberists and Kaiser Chiefs play at The Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, Texas, USA.
Arctic Monkeys release a new single, Fluorescent Adolescent on Domino Records in the UK.
The second day of the Lollapalooza '05 festival is held at Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Artists appearing over the two days of the event include Pixies, Weezer, The Killers, Dashboard Confessional, Death Cab For Cutie and Arcade Fire.
Ingrid Michaelson makes her network television debut performing The Way I Am on Last Call with Carson Daly in the USA.
The Pixies cancel their first ever show in Israel, the Pic.Nic Festival in Tel Aviv, citing "events beyond our control" as the reason. The action is widely interpreted as as protest against the recent Isreali forces attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
I Am Kloot play at Bush Hall, London, UK.
New York trio School Of Seven Bells play at The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin release their third album, Let It Sway, on Polyvinyl Records in the USA.
Phosphorescent play at The Scala, London, UK.
The Shins, Eryka Badu, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, MGMT, Best Coast, Ellie Goulding, Big Audio Dynamite and others play on the first day of The Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, California, USA.
Thee Oh Sees, with Sic Alps and Warm Soda, play at The Independent, San Francisco, California, USA.
Franz Ferdinand release their fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, on Domino Records in the UK.
Falling Off Maps release their debut album, A Seaside Town In Winter, on Square Peg Round Hole Recordings in the UK.
Bombay Bicycle Club play at Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything by Elbow makes its debut at No1 in the Official UK Albums Chart.
Future Islands play at Le Trabendo, Paris, France, Europe.
JJ release their third LP, V, on Sincerely Yours/Secretly Canadian in the USA.
Arctic Monkeys are among the artists playing at The Leeds Festival, Leeds, England, UK.
The Wombats play at O2 Academy, Oxford, UK.
Jaws Of Love release their debut single, Jaws Of Love, on House Arrest Records. (Jaws Of Love is a solo project by Kelcey Ayer of Local Natives.)
Tune-Yards are among the artists appearing at The New Fall Festival in the SSB Museum, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe.
Tune-Yards play at The Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, USA.