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Courtney Michelle Menely is born in San Francisco, California, USA. She will court international notoriety as Courtney Love, wife of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, and as the singer in her own band, Hole.
Chris Novoselic, bass player of Nirvana is born in Compton, California, USA.
Chris Blackwell, MD of Island Records, writes to British psychedelic band Nirvana relinquishing all of the company's rights to the name of the band.
Nirvana play in The Kapu Club, Linz, Austria, Europe.
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Kurt Cobain, not yet having formed Nirvana, moves into the first house he has rented on his own, on East Second Street, Aberdeen, Washington, USA, with Matt Lukin of The Melvins. He is currently working part-time as a maintenance man at the Polynesian Inn Resort, Ocean Shores, to pay the rent.
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Gerald Arthur Friend is convicted of having repeatedly raped and tortured a fourteen-year-old girl while she was tied to a pulley suspended from the ceiling of his mobile home in Tacoma, Washington, USA. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana will write the song Polly after being horrified by reading a newspaper report about Friend.
Kurt Cobain, later to lead Nirvana, sends a tape of demos he had recorded the previous day to a number of record labels in the USA. None of them will even reply.
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Nirvana is mixing the tracks Love Buzz, Big Cheese and Spank Thru at Reciprocal Recording Studios, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Nirvana play at The Vogue, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Nirvana play at Green Street Station, Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Kurt Cobain, having broken his guitar the night before, performs the entire set without one.
Haircut One Hundred release their debut album, Pelican West, on Arista Records in the UK.
Nirvana play at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, Everett, Washington, USA.
Nirvana release their debut album, Bleach, in the UK.
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Nirvana play their first-ever British gig, supporting their Sub Pop Records labelmates Tad at The Riverside, in Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
Nirvana play at The Forum, Enger, Germany, Europe.
Nirvana play at The Stadtpark, Graz, Austria, Europe.
Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees is working on his solo album The Winding Sheet, at Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, Washington, USA. He is aided and abetted on the album by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.
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Austin, Texas-based indie rocker Daniel Johnson releases a new album, 1990, in the USA. Johnson counts Kurt Cobain of Nirvana among his fans.
Nirvana play at Rignall Hall, Olympia, Washington.
Nirvana play at Rignall Hall, Olympia, Washington, USA.
Dinosaur Jr, supported by Nirvana, play at Iguana’s, Tijuana, Mexico.
David Geffen, head of Geffen Records, founds a new subsidiary label, DGC, to market alternative rock acts. The label roster will include Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Counting Crows, Beck and Weezer, before merging with Interscope in 1999.
Nirvana spend the first of five days recording at Smart Studios, owned by producer Butch Vig, in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Nirvana play their much-bootlegged Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, concert. Support bands on this show are Tad and Victim's Family.
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Manic Nirvana by Robert Plant is certified as a platinum album in Canada.
Comedy rocker Weird Al Yankovic begins recording tracks for his album Off The Deep End in the USA. The album cover is a parody of the underwater baby shot on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind, with Yankovic pursuing a doughnut replacing the baby pursuing a dollar bill.
Nirvana play at The Motor Sports International Garage, Seattle, Washington, USA, supported by The Melvins, Dwarves and Derelicts. A classic photograph of Kurt Cobain in tears is taken backstage after the show by Ian Tilton of Sounds magazine.
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Nirvana play at The Polytechnic, Leeds, UK.
Buck Ram, American music biz manager and composer of hits for The Platters, dies in Las vegas, nevada, USA. On the same day, Nirvana play at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam.
Seattle grunge rockers Nirvana formally sign with Geffen Records.
Seattle grunge rockers Nirvana formally sign with Geffen Records.
Nirvana begin recording the album Nevermind at Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California, USA.
Pearl Jam release their debut album, Ten, in the USA. On the same day, in advance of release, the single Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana is sent out to radio deejays.
When Nirvana play at The Fox Theatre in Portland, Oregon, they are told that their single, Smells Like Teen Spirit, has gone gold in the USA. Also on the bill are Mudhoney.
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No6 during a nineteen-week run on the chart.
With their album Nevermind having gone double-platinum just a week earlier, Nirvana's Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic take to the stage of Seattle, Washington's Crocodile Cafe, [owned by Stephanie Dorgan, wife of R.E.M.'s Peter Buck] under the pseudonym Melvana, the name reflecting the presence of The Melvins' Buzz Osbourne on guitar and vocals.
Nirvana play at the Maritime History Museum Park, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
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When Nirvana play at Reading Festival, Reading, UK, Kurt Cobain provides the highlight of the day when he takes to the stage in a wheelchair, wearing a white dress and a ladies wig.
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is arrested following a fight with his wife, Courtney Love, at their home in Seattle, Washington.
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, hospitalised in Rome, Italy, Europe, in a coma after an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs, wakes up and asks for a milkshake.
Queens Of The Stone Age play at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA, with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters on drums.
Red Octane launch a new game, Guitar Hero : On Tour, a portable game employing the same rhythm-based "play to the music" gameplay of the Guitar Hero console game, and including songs from Nirvana, OK Go, and No Doubt, enabling gamers to rock out to tunes by some of their own guitar heroes.
Guardianship of seventeen year old Frances Bean Cobain is awarded to Wendy O'Connor and Kimberly Dawn Cobain, the mother and sister of Frances' late Nirvana frontman father Kurt Cobain. Frances is, by this decision, removed from the custody of Cobain's wife Courtney Love.
A private view of the exhibition Storm Troopers in Stilletos celebrating 40 years of Queen, is held at the Old Truman Brewery in London, England, UK, Europe. Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters turn up and spend time with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor.
Chasing Pavements by Adele, Love Story by Taylor Swift and Come as You Are by Nirvana are added to the catalogue of songs available as sheet music and audio download bundles for Rock And Pop exams from exam board Trinity College London, England, UK, Europe.
Dave Grohl and Slash are among those paying tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy at his funeral in Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetary, Los Angeles, California, USA. Others in attendance include Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich from Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, Anthrax frontman Scott Ian, Brian May of Queen and Gene Simmons of Kiss.
Members of Foo Fighters, Pantera, Slayer, Alice In Chains, Black Label Society, Machine Head, Hatebreed, Stone Sour, Type O Negative, Danzig, King's X, Devil Driver, Prong, Kyng and Armored Saint play as part of Dimebash 2016 at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
One day after a press conference in which U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to mobilise the military in an effort to end violent protests in the wake of George Floyd's death, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic posts the following supportive statement on Facebook, "Wow!!! I know many of you can't stand him, however, Trump knocked it out of the park with this speech. Social media and television are looping images of societal breakdown. I agree, the president should not be sending troops into states - and he legally might not be able to anyway - nevertheless, his tone in this speech is strong and direct."
Rupert Neve, sometimes called the Father Of Modern Studio Recording, dies aged 92, of pneumonia and heart failure in a hospice facility in San Marcos, Texas, USA. He was a pioneering designer of professional audio recording equipment, most notably Neve mixing desks, which were used by The Beatles, Aerosmith, Nirvana, and countless others.