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Toy store owner and inventor Morris Michtom places two stuffed bears in his shop window at 404 Tompkins Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, USA, advertising the toys as Teddy Bears, a name derived from the nickname of US President Theodore Roosevelt. Michtom's bears will inspire songs including The Teddy Bears' Picnic (1907) and (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear by Elvis Presley.
The Music Trades magazine runs an item about the popular song Roses Of Picardy, pointing out that, "Fred Weatherly, composer of the words, struck a chord in every heart when he penned the lines of a song that spoke of the roses that shine in Picardy, just at a time when the fiercest battle the world has ever known was being fought on the plains of Picardy. It was indeed a wholesome thought that despite the greatest congregation of artillery, together with shells and all the terrific paraphernalia of war, the Roses would again bloom in Picardy. The sublime faith bound up in the simple strains of a ballad naturally took hold of the people of England, and as our own brave boys came back from the battle-torn plains of Picardy, they too will enjoy with special significance the simple expression of so sublime a thought in song."
At least 85 prominent conservative anti-Nazis and leading figures of the left-wing Strasserist faction of the Nazi Party, are murdered in Germany, Europe, as part of a political purge ordered by Adolf Hitler. The incident will become known as The Night Of The Long Knives. Folk singer and songwriter Al Stewart will write a song, The Last Day Of June 1934, telling the story of this massacre.
Paul Robeson performs as soloist in a concert in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Work on carving the four massive heads of US Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln is completed at Mount Rushmore, near Keystone, South Dakota, USA. The work will become an iconic American National Monument, recorgnised throughout the world, and it will inspire a number of music-related tributes. In 2011, musical comedy artist Jesse Goldberg will co-write and sing the novelty song Mount Rushmore Rocks - complete with an animated video in which the stone heads sing the song. A similar idea by The Mount Rushmore Singers, features the presidents performing a medley of Sing A Song/I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing. Other Rushmore-oriented music trivia include a 1967 psychedelic rock band from San Francisco named Mount Rushmore, and the fact that the cover of Deep Purple's 1970 album Deep Purple In Rock was inspired by Mount Rushmore, depicting the five band members' faces instead of the four presidents.
The Irving Berlin musical comedy Call Me Madam opens in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, to rave reviews.
The Irving Berlin-composed musical comedy Call Me Madam, starring Ethel Merman, is presented on Broadway at The Imperial Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 644 performances.
Gene McDaniels is playing during a ten day residency at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Peter, Paul And Mary release a Bob Dylan-penned single, Blowin' In the Wind, in the USA. Its success on the pop charts will bring Dylan's name to many new fans.
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The Fugs play at The East End Theatre, New York City, USA.
Joan Baez makes her UK singles chart debut with her version of the civil rights anthem We Shall Overcome.
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Bobby Vinton arrives in the UK for radio and tv dates, but is refused a work permit. This act is seen as retaliation for similar problems faced by British artists in America.
Jody Miller records Home Of The Brave for Capitol Records at Capitol Tower, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Loretta Lynn records You Ain't Woman Enough and Dear Uncle Sam during an evening session in Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Fugs play a midnight show at The Bridge Theatre, 4 St. Mark's Place, New York City, USA.
Country Joe And The Fish play the third of five nights at the Jabberwock, Berkeley, California, USA.
The Yardbirds play the first of two nights at The Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA, supported by Frost and The MC5.
The Moody Blues play to an audience of 300,000 at the annual Festival de l'Humanite in Paris, France, Europe.The day is so hot that dozens of fans are hospitalised, having been overcome by the heat. Headlining the show is French singing star Mireille Matthieu.
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The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, support Gladys Knight And The Pips, Stevie Wonder, Shorty Long and Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers in a show at Gilroy Stadium, Gary, Indiana, USA. The event is a fund-raising campaign benefit for the town's mayor, Richard Hatcher.
The Grateful Dead, The Fugs and the Velvet Underground play at The Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
At the specific request of Motown Records supremo Berry Gordy Jr, the label's artists all interrupt their concerts across America to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who had been assassinated exactly a year earlier.
Assistant US Attorney Michael J. Osman advises the FBI that his office has decided not to prosecute Jim Morrison of The Doors for lewd and lascivious behaviour in Miami, Florida, USA, a month earlier. The case is dropped.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays at The Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York State, USA.
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George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgoole and John Clutchette, all African-American inmates of Soledad Prison in California, USA, are charged with the murder of white prison guard John V. Mills, in retaliation for the killing of three black prisoners three days earlier. George Jackson will later be shot dead by guards at San Quentin prison. Soledad Brother, a book based on Jackson's latters while in prison, will inspire Bob Dylan to write the song George Jackson. Other songs about Jackson will be recorded by Steel Pulse, The Blue Scholars, The Dicks and others.
The three-day long Second Atlanta Pop Festival begins at Middle Georgia Raceway, Byron, Georgia, USA, featuring The Allman Brothers Band, Captain Beefheart, John Sebastian, Mountain, Procol Harum and Johnny Winter. The event will prompt Georgia Governor Lester Maddox to seek legislation banning rock festivals in the state.
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US Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter reveals that his inspirations include Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.
Van Halen Day is declared in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, by Mayor Sara Robertson.
The Washington Wives' music censorship pressure group Parents Music Resource Center [PMRC] petitions the music business to introduce a rating system to warn buyers about violent or sexually explicit lyrics.
Misty In Roots play as part of the British Delegation to the 12th World Festival Of Youth in Moscow, Russia, Europe. They are the first reggae band ever to have played in Moscow.
The Pogues, The Men They Couldn't Hang and The Boothill Foot-Tappers (with a guest appearance by Elvis Costello) play in the Nicaragua Must Survive benefit concert at The Fridge, Brixton, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Sunday Telegraph magazine in the UK chooses Bob Geldof as its Man Of The Year.
Johnny Cash is honoured with the Shalom Peace Award from the Jewish National Fund at a testimonial dinner held in The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Outside the Papal Nuncio's residence in Panama City, Panama, Central America, US military forces begin Operation Nifty Package, a psychological warfare tactic aimed at demoralising besieged General Manuel Noriega until he surrenders to them. The tactic includes playing such tracks as I Fought The Law by The Clash and Panama by Van Halen at extremely high volumes through loudspeakers pointing at the residence.
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Elton John is presented with the Polar Music Prize by King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden.
Bono of U2 begins a twelve day fact-finding mission in Africa, during which he will visit Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia and Uganda, as a guest of US Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill.
Chuck Prophet releases a new album, Let Freedom Ring!, in the UK on Cooking Vinyl Records.
With a press conference at his Thiossane nightclub in Dakar, internationally successful Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour launches a partnership with opposition politician Mansour Sy Djamil, which prompts speculation that he may be planning to run for the presidency of Senegal.
Taylor Swift and former president Bill Clinton are among the famous faces attending Time magazine's 100 Most Influencial People Gala in New York City, USA.
Alex James Presents Harvest, a four day long festival held on a farm belonging to Alex James of Blur, begins in Oxfordshire, UK. Artists appearing over the course of the event include KT Tunstall, The Feeling, Richard Corrigan, Mark Hix, Rachel Allen, Jay Rayner and Stevie Earle. Attended by British Prime Minister David Cameron and numerous celebrities, the event goes off well but is revealed later to have been a financial disaster because of financial problems relating to the organisers, Big Wheel Promotions.
Three members of all-female Russian band Pussy Riot are convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, in Tagansky District Court, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
In an open letter in Salon magazine, Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason ask the Rolling Stones to cancel their upcoming gig in Tel Aviv, Israel, Europe, on the grounds that it is now "the moral equivalent of playing Sun City at the height of South African apartheid."
Beacon City Council, Beacon, New York State, USA, passes a resolution renaming the local Riverfront Park in honour of folk musician Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi. The new name is the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park.
The Banco de Cabo Verde in Macaronesia, introduces a new series of banknotes honouring Cape Verdean figures in the fields of literature, music, and politics. The face of internationally popular singer Cesaria Evora is featured on the new 2000 Escudos banknote. Evora had won international fame as a singer and recording artist. Nicknamed the "Barefoot Diva" for performing without shoes, she was also known as the "Queen of Morna".
Jack Antonoff, lead singer of Bleachers, attends Audible Impact: Music And Activism at The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzalez, El Salvador, San Salvador, Central America. While in the region, Maiden's drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarist Janick Gers visit the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was assassinated by members of a Salvadoran death squad, during a mass in 1980 at the start of the Salvadoran Civil war.
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It is announced that U2 have abandoned the proposed release date for their imminent album, Songs Of Experience, because of their concerns about the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the USA. Instead, they will tour in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of their classic album The Joshua Tree.
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Despite considerable criticism from her family and her musical peers, R'n'B singer Chrisette Michele performs live at the Inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington DC, USA. She claims she wanted to "get in front of these people who don't seem to understand who they're talking to and show them what we look like."
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On their DCX MMXVI World Tour, The Dixie Chicks play at Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, supported by Smooth Hound Smith.
Thunder On the Left release a new LP, National Insecurity.
Protoje releases his fourth album, A Matter Of Time, on Mr. Bongo Records.