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The Battle Of The Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand, begins near the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory, near what eventually became Crow Agency, Montana, USA. By the end of the following day, combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho people will have defeated the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army and killed their commander, General George Custer. A humourous 1960 re-telling of the conflict, Mr Custer by Larry Verne, presents the battle from the perspective of an unwilling cavalryman, who has had a grim premonition of the battle in a dream. It will reach No1 in the USA.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, a play with music, is presented at The Academy Of Music, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 88 performances.
Josephine Gassman And Her Pickaninnies play at The Chutes And Zoo, San Francisco, California, USA. Also onthe bill are The Gillen Family, Madeline Franks, Powers And Freed, Carroll The Whistler and The Samayoas.
Josephine Gassman And Her Pickaninnies play at The Chutes And Zoo, San Francisco, California, USA. Also onthe bill are The Gillen Family, Madeline Franks, Powers And Freed, Carroll The Whistler and The Samayoas.
William H. West's Big Minstrel Jubilee plays at The Grand Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
The Majestic Burlesquers plus Grace La Rue And Virginia lee And Their Musical Pickaninnies are appearing twice daily at Kernan's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Character singer Lizzie B. Raymond, minstrel act Lew Hawkins, singing and dancing duo Lavender And Tomsom, novelty instrumentalists Mallory Bros And Brooks and banjo and xylophone Virtuoso Musical Thor are among the performers at The Columbia Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
The Majestic Burlesquers plus Grace La Rue And Virginia lee And Their Musical Pickaninnies are appearing twice daily at Kernan's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Williams And Walker are starring in their musical show Sons Of Ham at The California Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. (A popular song and dance duo, Bert Williams and George Walker are often cited as the first African-American superstars.)
Williams And Walker are starring in their musical show Sons Of Ham at The California Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. (A popular song and dance duo, Bert Williams and George Walker are often cited as the first African-American superstars.)
Blackface comedian and singer Billy Golden records Turkey In De Straw, Roll On The Ground, Crap Shooting and Yaller Gal for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Al G. Field's Greater Minstrels play at The Metropolitan Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Blackface minstrel entertainer Lew Sully is appearing at The Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA. Also on the bill is Mlle. Chester with her "$10,000 Statue Dog".
Eleanor Falk And Her Ten Sunbeams are heading the bill at Forest Park Highalnds, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Also appearing are "coon shouter" Artie Hall, "musical mokes" Snyder And Buckley, and singer/dancer Ray Sullivan.
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Comedy singing act Cushman, Holcomb And Curtis play at The Suburban, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Also on the bill are Colibri's Midgets and "Premier Black-Face Comedians" Haines And Vidoco.
Peter F. Dailey And Company, Stuart Barnes, The Two Little Pucks, Midgley And Carlisle, Lotta Gladstone, Dooley And Fowley (blackface comedians) and Little Elsie play at The Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Eleanor Falk And Her Ten Sunbeams are heading the bill at Forest Park Highalnds, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Also appearing are "coon shouter" Artie Hall, "musical mokes" Snyder And Buckley, and singer/dancer Ray Sullivan.
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The Negro Music Journal, based in Washington DC, is launched in the USA. The publication is described as "A monthly magazine devoted to the educational interests of the Negro in music." The Journal's editor is J. Hillary Taylor and an annual subsciption costs $1.00.
Lew Dockstader's Minstrels are playing at The Victoria Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Lew Dockstader's Minstrels are playing at The Victoria Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Male vocal duet Collins And Harlan record Nigger Loves His Possum for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Prof. W.F. Craig's Orchestra plays at The National Negro Business League's 11th Annual Meeting Banquet in Grand Central Palace, Lexington Avenue, New York City, USA.
Richards And Pringle's Georgia Minstrels play at The Whitley Opera House, Emporia, Kansas, USA. (Blues pioneer W.C. Handy was, for some time, the band master of this troupe.)
Collins And Harlan, a comedy duo specialising in 'coon songs', record On The Good Ship Whip-Poor-Will for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
The Swift Jewel Cowboys ' known as 'The Only Mounted Cowboy Band In America" - record Fan It and When I Put On My Long White Robe for Okeh Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Les Hite And His Orchestra play at The Chatterbox, Mountainside, New Jersey, USA, during an extended engagement . Hite's band are the first black musicians to have played at this venue.
A planned Paul Robeson concert and rally in Madison Square Gardens, New York City, USA, has to be cancelled when the venue refuses The Council On African Affairs permission to rent it.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows play a show for black audiences only in The Palace Theatre, Salisbury, Rhodesia, Africa. Box office receipts go to local charities.
Mafia boss Carlos Marcello is extradited from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, to Guatemala, South America, as an illegal immigrant. His family-owned Jefferson Music Company dominated the juke box, slot machine and pinball trade in the New Orleans area. Marcello is known to have used his Mafia contacts to try to persuade Frank Sinatra to use his friendship with the Kennedy family to negate the deportation order. He is also known to have close ties with the Ku Klux Klan.
The Bill Evans Trio plays during twenty nights at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, with Oscar Brown Jr.
The Black And White Minstrel Show is playing during a season at Victoria Palace Theatre, London, England, UK.
The Magnificent Men play during a week of shows at The Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA. This marks the first appearance of an all-white group at The Apollo.
Multi-racial Motown band Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers release a new single, Does Your Mama Know About Me, in the USA. (Vancouvers' guitarist Tommy Chong will go on to greater success in the comedy duo Cheech And Chong.)
The New Christy Minstrels play on the BBC tv show Whistle Stop in the UK. The show is hosted by Roger Whittaker.
Senator Robert Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles, California, USA, by Sirhan Sirhan. Shortly after, singer-songwriter Laura Nyro will write the song Save The Country about the assassination, and it will be covered by The 5th Dimension, Julie Driscoll and Roseanne Cash. Kennedy's death also provides the inspiration for Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals (aka The Young Rascals) to write their massive hit single, People Got To Be Free.
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Aretha Franklin, The Rascals, Sam And Dave, Joe Tex, Sonny And Cher and King Curtis play in the Soul Together show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, to raise money for the Martin Luther King Memorial Fund and for underprivileged children.
Jimi Hendrix appears on The Dick Cavett Show at ABC TV studios, West 57th St, New York City, USA.
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The Wiz, a contemporary musical re-make of the movie Wizard Of Oz, featuring an all-black cast, opens at The Majestic Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA.
An Anti-Nazi rally and rock gig organised by Rock Against Racism is held in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, London, UK, featuring Elvis Costello And The Attractions, Sham 69, Aswad and Misty In Roots.
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones apologises to the Rev. Jesse Jackson for the racially offensive lyrics of Some Girls, but still refuses to remove the line 'Black girls just love to get fucked all night long'.
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400,000 people attend the SOS Racisme concert in Place De La Concorde, Paris, France, Europe, which features artists including Telephone, Indochine, OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark), Fine Young Cannibals, Working Week, Steel Pulse (with a guest performace by Herbie Hancock).
Nelson Mandela appears at Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, as part of the Nelson Mandela Birthday Tribute Concert featuring Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, Jerry Dammers, Aswad, Simple Minds, Bonnie Raitt, Daniel Lanois, George Duke and others.
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Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Tracy Chapman, The Mighty Sparrow and others play at a rally and concert for Nelson Mandela in Yankee Stadium, New York City, USA.
Shortly after Saddam Hussein orders the invasion of Kuwait, Asia, student radio station KSDB-FM at Kansas State University plays Killing An Arab by The Cure. Listener protests will lead to the station making a formal apology and agreeing not to play the track again.
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Ian Stuart Donaldson, singer of notoriously racist pro-Nazi UK rock band Skrewdriver, dies in a car crash, aged 36.
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the city police lodge a protest against a new Bruce Springsteen song, American Skin, inspired by the 1999 police slaying of unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo.
It is reported that US civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks has won the right in court to proceed with her case against rap duo OutKast for using her name as the title of a hit song.
It is reported that white actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast in the role of Michael Jackson in a Sky Arts tv movie entitled Elizabeth, Michael And Marlon.
During the American Music Awards in the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA, Green Day insert a chant "No Trump, No KKK, No fascist USA" into their song Bang Bang, as a protest against US President-elect Donald Trump. Also featured in the AMA show are Justin Bieber, John Legend, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Twenty One Pilots and Shawn Mendes. Bieber and rapper Drake pick up four awards, Rihanna earns three and Ariana Grande is named Artist of the Year. Former Police frontman Sting is given the American Music Award for Merit.
Rebecca Ferguson confirms that she has turned down the invitation to sing at the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the USA, because she would not be permitted to sing the song of her choice, Strange Fruit, about the lynching of black men.
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