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The first recorded account of a bicycle ride describes a journey from Mannheim, Germany, Europe, undertaken on this day by Baron Karl Von Drais on his recently invented Laufmaschine [running machine]. Von Drais covered 13 km (eight miles) in less than an hour. There are earlier sketches and attempts at making a functioning bicycle, but Von Drais has gone down in history as inventor of the first practical bike. The bicycle, after many improvements and adaptations, would revolutionise personal transportation and has been credited by some as one of the principal factors enabling the emancipation of women. The bicycle will also provide inspiration for many songs, including Daisy Bell [A Bicycle Built For Two] by Henry Dacre [1892], Bike by Pink Floyd [1967], My White Bicycle by Tomorrow [1967], The Pushbike Song by The Mixtures [1971] and Bicycle Race by Queen [1978]. (1817)

The Fred Astaire movie musical Shall We Dance is released to cinemas in the USA. As well as the title song, the movie includes such classic melodies as They All Laughed, Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, and the Oscar-nominated They Can't Take That Away From Me.
Malcolm Young, future guitarist with AC/DC, is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
A new club, The O asis, opens in Manchester, England, UK, Europe, proclaiming itself, "Manchester's Most Fab Club For Young People". The opening night attraction is Dick Charlesworth And His City Gents.
The Beatles play to an audience of 300 at The O asis, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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When Bob Dylan plays at The Bear, Chicago, Illinois, USA, he meets Mike Bloomfield for the first time. Bloomfield will become his guitarist on Like A Rolling Stone and many other tracks.
The Hollies and The Rolling Stones play at The Outlook Club, 52-60 Corporation Road, Middlesborough, UK, in a show billed as "Rhythm And Blues - North v. South".
The Beatles meet with EMI Chairman Sir Joseph Lockwood for lunch in the company's boardroom in Manchester Square, London, UK.
Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Willie Dixon appear in a Granada tv special, produced by Johnnie Hamp, entitled I Hear The Blues.
Jimmy Powell And The Dimensions play at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England, UK.
The Whirlwinds record a cover version of the Buddy Holly song Look At Me, in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
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Roy Orbison, Freddie And The Dreamers and Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders play at The Gaumont, Worcester, UK.
Heinz And The Wild Ones, including guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, later to find fame in Deep Purple, play as part of a pckage tour at The Danilo, Cannock, UK. The tour also features The Hollies, The Dixie Cups, Jess Conrad, The Tornados and Wayne Gibson.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Cliff Bennett And the Rebel Rousers, The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly, The Rustiks, The Remo Four and Danny Williams appear in the third night of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Liverpool, UK.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly, The Rustiks, The Remo Four and Danny Williams appear in the third of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Leeds, England, UK.
The album John Mayall Plays John Mayall is released on Decca Records in the UK.
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Nick Harper is born in London, England, UK. He is the son of Roy Harper.
Herman's Hermits play the first of three nights at The Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
The Four Pennies play at The Astoria Theatre, Finsbury Park, North West London, England, UK.
The Hollies play at The Pavilion, Buxton, England, UK.
The Pop From Britain concert is held at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, featuring The Moody Blues, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Georgie Fame and And Blue Flames, The Fourmost and Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers. The show is promoted by Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles.
Bob Dylan is recording the eleven-minute long epic Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands, I'll Keep It With Mine and other tracks at Columbia Music Row Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for his album Blonde On Blonde.
The Bee Gees record I've Decided To Join The Air Force, in London, England, UK, Europe, for their album Idea.
Kaleidoscope play the second of three nights at the New Orleans House, Berkeley, California, USA, supported by the A.B. Skye Blues Band.
US tv show Music Scene features live appearances from The Everly Brothers performing a medley of The Games People Play, Walk Right Back, In The End, Aquarius, If I Were A Carpenter and Price Of Love, plus John Randolph Marr singing Free, Pete Seeger doing Bring Them Home, John Mayall with The Laws Must Change, and Marva Whitney singing Things Got To Get Better.
The Osmonds begin a British tour with a show at Belle Vue, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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10cc play at The Academy Of Music, New York City, USA.
David Crosby and Graham Nash play at The University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
Elvis Costello plays at Hammersmith Palais, London, supported by Richard Hell & The Voidoids and John Cooper Clarke.
10cc play at the Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Sade plays at Fagin's, Manchester, England, UK, Europe
The LP Diamonds And Pearls, by Prince with the New Power Generation, debuts at No2 in the UK albums chart, but will held off the top spot by the Simply Red album Stars.
When Oasis play at the Rosebowl Stadium, Southampton, England, UK, Pete Doherty of support band Babyshambles doesn't turn up. The group is removed from forthcoming gigs.
Decoration play at The Dry Bar, Manchester, England, UK.
The Ting Tings play at The Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon.
LMFAO play at Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK.
A new version of The Hollies 1969 hit He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother, is released in the UK by one-off superstar aggregation The Justice Collective as a benefit disc to raise funds for the legal costs of a new inquest into the 1989 Hillsborough football tragedy. The new group, produced by Guy Chambers, includes Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Paloma Faith, Shane MacGowan, Beverley Knight, Mel C [Spice Girls]Holly Johnson and Gerry Marsden [Gerry And The Pacemakers].
Peter Hook And The Light play at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Wales.
Beady Eye play at Zepp Namba, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
Elbow play at The Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England, UK.
When Robbie Williams plays at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK, during his Swings Both Ways tour, he slips off the stage and accidentally breaks the arm of 52-year-old fan Margaret Nash.
It is reported that Bradley Steyn, a security man on Morrissey's current tour of the USA, has filed a legal suit in Los Angeles, California, USA, against Morrissey for unfair dismissal. Steyn claims that Morrissey asked him to cause injury to fan website operator David Tseng. Steyn further alleges that when he refused, Morrissey sacked him. Soon after, Morrissey denies the allegations.
David Gray plays at The Paramount Theatre, Oakland, California, USA.
10cc play at The Central Theatre, Chatham, UK.
An all-star line-up of contemporary singers under the name of Band Aid 30 records a new version of Do They Know It's Christmas? at SARM West Studios, London, UK. Artists taking part include One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Bastille, Bono of U2, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding, Guy Garvie (Elbow), Chris Martin (Coldplay), Angelique Kidjo, Olly Murs, Sinead O'Connor, Seal, Underworld and Sam Smith.
Katie Melua and The Gori Women's Choir play at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England, UK.
Reverend James Leg plays at The Soup Kitchen, Manchester, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Bonnevilles.
On a European tour in support of their LP Mindfucker, Monster Magnet play at The Garage, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.